RCP Stats

Coordinator: Sharl Heller, Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance; Frank Mand

Contact Info: slheller@comcast.net; dogd@aol.com

Year started: 2015

Mission Statement:
“The mission of the Pine Barrens Partnership is to bring about broad recognition of the unique qualities and intrinsic value of the Massachusetts Coastal Pine Barrens, to ensure the protection of its most endearing cultural and environmental attributes and its amazing diversity of plants and animals, and to continually celebrate the Pine Barrens' important contributions to our quality of life, to the landscape's resiliency, and to the enduring appeal of the ecosystem to residents and visitors alike.”

General Location: Cape Cod, Islands, and eastern Plymouth County

Acreage of Area Covered by Partnership: 523,590

Number of Partners: 8

RCP Status: Emerging

Steps Taken in Forming Partnership:

  • Develop an RCP website
  • Engage landowners and/or municipal officials in your region
  • Engage state agencies, federal agencies, and/or philanthropic organizations
  • Craft a compelling case statement
  • Navigate a significant transition in leadership, funding, priorities, or organization

Funding sources:

  • USFS Landscape Restoration grant
  • Philanthropic foundation (Jessie B. Cox Trust RCP Innovation Grant)
  • RCP Member supported

Website:  http://pinebarrenspartnership.org

RCP Activities


  • Capacity building
  • Measuring impact
  • Capturing qualitative data ("Where do you love?")
  • Engaging New Sectors/Partners (indigenous communities)
  • Securing funding
  • Conservation mapping

Current Activities:

  • Where Do You Love? Map
  • Pine Barrens Partnership Survey: In-person survey with municipalities to learn about the process they underwent for their open space and recreation plans, if they have climate resiliency plans, and how they collaborate with neighboring towns. We want them ultimately to attend a series of climate workshops let by Pine Barrens Partnership to understand regional conservation visions and how climate change needs to be considered
  • Picture Post Project--monitoring and recording changes in landscape: https://picturepost.unh.edu/index.jsp
  • Installing Pine Barrens Signage to raise community awareness of coastal pine barrens ecosystem
  • Organizing stakeholder workshops to create a Regional Conservation Vision Map
  • Track conservation projects throughout the region and encourage attendance at the workshops above
  • Training students, TerraCorps members and land managers to identify Natural Communities through our educational program: Natural Communities Identification and Mapping Training Program.

Current Project Highlights:

  • Collected over 500 surveys so far for the “Where Do You Love” data layer and Online interactive map. 500 more to go!
  • Signed up two towns so far to attend the Regional Conservation Vision Map workshops

Previous Projects/Accomplishments:

  • Highstead Intern developed a series of conservation maps for the ecoregion based in part on endangered species habitat, helping us move forward on the conservation planning front.
  • Received a Cox Foundation grant to develop an eco-regional vision map
  • Received a US Forest Service Landscape Scale Restoration grant that will be used for several partners' land management projects and an awareness-raising campaign
  • Thirty-two people trained over the past two years through the Natural Communities Identification and Mapping Training

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