Updates

  • February 19, 2021

    Conference recordings available through mid-June

    If you attended the 2021 Massachusetts and Rhode Island Land Conservation Conference, recordings of all sessions (except networking) are available through mid-June. Log on to the conference platform (click Enter Event) with the email you registered with and listen to all the incredible sessions you missed…

  • January 12, 2021

    Act Before Jan. 14: Urge Governor Baker to Sign the Climate Bill

    On January 4th, the Massachusetts Legislature passed An Act Creating a Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy with overwhelming bipartisan support. The Governor has until midnight on Thursday, January 14th to sign the bill into law, or the legislature will have to start from scratch in the new session. Please…

  • December 15, 2020

    Help Override the Governor's Vetoes

    In an incredible acknowledgement of the critical role nature plays in our wellbeing and economy, all four Green Budget Coalition priorities got increases in the operating budget approved by the legislature in early December. Unfortunately, the Governor vetoed three of those increases. There is still hope, but we need you…

  • December 11, 2020

    December 11, 2020 Quarterly Policy Update

    Meet Your New Legislators: In January, 19 new legislators (two senators and 17 representatives) will join our friends on Beacon Hill for the 2021-2022 session. If a new legislator will be representing your service area, now is the time to start reaching out to introduce yourself and begin building a…

  • October 27, 2020

    Protect Federal Tax Incentives for Conservation

    Not all donations of conservation easements are created equal. While the vast majority are truly charitable endeavors, a few bad actors are promoting conservation easement donations as a way for investors to make a fast profit by gaining access to very large federal tax deductions. These transactions are essentially tax…

  • October 13, 2020

    Protect Farmland from Solar Development

    On September 17, 2020 the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) released its SMART Agricultural Solar Tariff Generation Units Straw Proposal, which proposes greatly expanding the use of farmland for solar development. In part, the expansion relies on the premise that certain agricultural activities could continue under elevated solar panels…

  • October 2, 2020

    Diversity, Equity, Justice & Inclusion Resources

    Listed below, in no particular order, are resources that have been shared with the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition related to diversity, equity, justice and inclusion initiatives in the land conservation field. If you are aware of related resources that would be of interest to the Massachusetts land conservation community, please…

  • October 2, 2020

    UMass/MLTC partner on conservation-based estate planning webinar series

    UMass and MLTC are partnering to put on a monthly webinar series for landowners on conservation-based estate planning. This work is funded through the MA DCR Working Forests Initiative. Topics for the webinar series include: family goal setting, using wills and trusts for passing on land (Nov. 10), determining the…

  • September 23, 2020

    September 23, 2020 Quarterly Policy Update

    The Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) is now law, guaranteeing $900 million in Land and Water Conservation Funds (LWCF) every year and providing over $9 billion in deferred maintenance on federally owned lands and historic and cultural assets over the next 5 years. LWCF is funded by a small portion…

  • September 2, 2020

    Added Nov. 5: Southeast MA "Stronger Together" networking event

    Intended for land trust staff and board members, these informal one-hour Zoom discussions are focused on exchanging information among peers on topics of common interest. Seasoned land trust practitioners as well as those newer to the field are welcome. These calls are sponsored by the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition. To…