A very brief tutorial to explain what is the Massachusetts Coastal Pine Barrens and why they matter.
Coastal Pine Barrens
The red areas mark pitch pine-scrub oak forests. Each new development in a red-marked area means the loss of more pitch pine-scrub oak habitat. Unlike many of the other 51 natural plant communities within the Pine Barrens, little protection exists for upland forests. The forested areas serve to purify rainwater, the only source of water in the region, as it passes through the sandy soils into the underground lakes below.
Development, removal of the sand hills for commercial and industrial use, fire suppression and illegal and careless use of natural areas is causing great loss of this globally rare habitat and the animals that have evolved with and whose existence depends on the pine barrens ecosystem.
Contact SEMPBA or any of the area's conservation groups when you are ready to help save our Pine Barrens. Check out the Southeastern Massachusetts Conservation Directory to locate a group in your area.
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