Southeastern Massachusetts
Pine Barrens Alliance

SEMPBA's mission: building alliances to better protect, enhance and celebrate the beautiful Southeastern Massachusetts Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens Ecoregion.

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prescribed fire in pine barrens

The Southeastern Massachusetts Fire Science and
Land Management Field Trip*

The 2nd Annual Southeastern Massachusetts
Regional Conservation Forum

February 5-6, 2015, Mashpee and Buzzards Bay

*This field trip is jointly led by the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange
and the Forest Guild Northeast Region

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View the Forum Map (Friday, Feb. 6,Mass Maritime Academy)

What's it going to take to preserve the SE Mass Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens Ecoregion? It's going to take the cooperative action of us all!

What you are doing to help preserve the globally rare ecology of SE Mass' Pine Barrens is incredibly important. But think how much more effective your efforts could become if every conservation stakeholder in the ecoregion decided to:

  • Share educational resources and outreach programs
  • Use consistent mapping technology and research and data collection techniques
  • Cooperate in identifying and planning the conservation of critical habitat and nature corridors across jurisdictional boundaries
  • Advocate for prescribed fire programs and streamlined regulations to restore forests and marshlands (wetlands benefit from fire too)
  • Seek a special designation in recognition of Massachusetts' Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens (like New Jersey and New York)
  • Regularly network with Federal, State, Municipal agencies and business, schools and not-for-profit entities.

Come along on the Field Trip and come to the Forum! We have a great program lined up. Find the information, the tools and the partnerships we all need to become better stewards of the Pine Barrens. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Growing Up WILD: Habitats of Southeastern Massachusetts

A Professional Development Workshop hosted by: Karen Kurkoski and Melissa Kurkoski
February 7, 2015, 9:00am to 3:00pm
SEMPBA Community Conservation Center
204 Long Pond Road, Plymouth, MA
Registration is $30. Space is limited. Register early.
View flyer for more information

Visit the new Ipink heartMoths webpage.

Ipink heartMoths is SEMPBA's support program for the rare moths of the southeastern Massachusetts Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens.

Pine Barrens Natural Communities Map

The Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens of Massachusetts extends along the shore from Duxbury to Provincetown, and includes Cape Cod, Nantucket Island, and Martha's Vineyard, with twenty-eight towns within the region.

Click here or on the map for a larger image.

Map created for SEMPBA by Paul Gregory, Management Forester, Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2013.

Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens MapClick here or on themap to view larger image.

The Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens is a disjunct ecoregion covering approximately 19,200 km2 (7,400 mi2) of the coastal plain of New Jersey, Long Island in New York, and Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and nearby islands in Massachusetts (fig. 1). The region has a wide variety of ecological systems, including cedar swamps, stunted pitch pine and oak forests, sphagnum bogs, coastal salt ponds, dune systems, and the nation's only maritime grasslands...While parts of the ecoregion represent some of the best-preserved natural habitat in the Eastern United States, other portions of the ecoregion are among the most highly developed lands in the country.

Map and text above: USGS Land Cover Trends Project: Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens, 2000.

Southeastern Massachusetts contains the second-largest Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens Ecoregion remaining in the world!* 

Pine barrens are plant communities that occur on dry, acidic soils dominated by grasses, forbs, low shrubs, and small to medium sized pines. Here in Massachusetts, the sandy soils occur as a result of the retreat of the last glacier, called the Laurentian ice sheet, about 18,000 years ago, which left behind glacial deposits 200 to 600 feet deep.

Once extending from Main to southern New Jersey, the coastal pine barrens now cover only about 10% of their former range and have become fragmented and isolated. Pine barrens in Massachusetts have lost approximately two–thirds of the signature pitch pine-scrub oak forests to development.

With only about 45,000 acres protected from development, we need to do a better job of reducing the factors that are degrading the landscape and threatening biodiversity. Fire suppression, off–road vehicles, invasive plants and pests, pesticides and herbicides, landscaping with non–native plants, are taking a toll on the indigenous plants and animals.

Despite the challenges, we believe that education, cooperative action and a lot of passion will preserve and restore the beauty and unique character of southeastern Massachusetts.

Join with SEMPBA and help save an entire ecoregion!

SEMPBA Community Conservation Center
The SEMPBA Community Conservation Center 204 Long Pond Road, Plymouth, MA 02360. Your group is welcome to meet in our office. For details, drop by, email or call 774-773-9982.

Download the Town of Plymouth map of the Eel River Preserve and Russell Mill Pond Conservation Area hiking trails and the location of the SEMPBA Community Conservation Center here.

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SEMPBA Volunteers—we'll try anything to save the pine barrens
SEMPBA Volunteers—we'll try just about anything to save the pine barrens!

Join the effort to save the Greater Pine Barrens of Southeastern Massachusetts. Here's how!