Updates

  • August 20, 2020

    Opportunity for small and all-volunteer LTs

    If you are a small or all-volunteer land trust that is looking to get your record keeping in order, consider applying for the 2020-2021 Massachusetts. Record Keeping Initiative. Deadline is Tuesday, September 15. The Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition (MLTC) and the Land Trust Alliance (LTA) are collaborating to offer direct…

  • August 19, 2020

    Membership renewal time is here

    Thank you to all who have already renewed your membership for FY21. For those who haven't yet renewed, a gentle reminder to renew your membership. Or join us for the first time. Other ways to support MassLand are also available. Our membership year is July 1 - June 30, though we…

  • July 24, 2020

    Ensure the Great American Outdoors Act is Signed into Law

    On Wednesday, July 22nd the U.S. House of Representatives took historic action and passed the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) to permanently and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and help fund the backlog of maintenance projects on federal public lands, including national parks and national…

  • June 23, 2020

    Act Now to Secure Major Funding for Conservation!

    On June 17, the federal Great American Outdoors Act (S. 3422/H.R. 7092) passed the Senate by a wide bipartisan margin, 73-25. This was an historic day for conservation! If passed into law, this bill will provide long-sought full and permanent funding of $900 million a year through the…

  • June 22, 2020

    Covid-19 Corner (updated Oct. 1)

    We've collected links and documents that land trusts, conservation partners and others might find helpful in running their organizations during COVID-19. You're invited to send us links or documents you find helpful to share in this space. Resources for Land Trusts and Partners…

  • June 19, 2020

    June 19, 2020 Quarterly Policy Update

    Just this week (Wednesday, June 16), the Senate passed the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) 73-25! This bill includes both full funding for LWCF and funds to address the maintenance backlog on public lands. Both Senators Warren and Markey were in support. This is a historic victory! A companion bill…

  • June 8, 2020

    Webinar materials available

    View presentations from the MLTC webinar series that was held in place of the originally-planned in-person land conservation conference, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. The series reached a live audience of 600 participants, plus more than 400 others who received session recordings afterwards…

  • May 19, 2020

    Guidance on Phasing in Outdoor Recreations

    On Monday May 18, Governor Baker announced a plan for phased reopening of the Massachusetts economy, with phases to be based on health and safety metrics. This plan includes detailed guidance related to outdoor recreation during the first phase of reopening, which can be found here. This guidance was developed…

  • April 23, 2020

    Resources for Land Trusts and Partners

    You're welcome to send us website links, documents, images of trail signs, etc. that you find particularly helpful or compelling in dealing with these times, so we can add them to this list in order to help us tackle this situation, together. Getting Outside During COVID-19. Infectious Disease & Pandemic Policy…

  • April 9, 2020

    Monitoring Policy During COVID-19

    MLTC is working closely with advocacy partners to monitor appropriate opportunities to advance our policy priorities as state and federal policymakers grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay tuned for more information...