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Southeastern Massachusetts
Pine Barrens Alliance (SEMPBA)

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


Pine Barrens Regional Conservation Forum
Connecting - Communicating - Conserving

Cape Cod Community College, Tilden Arts Center Studio Theater
2240 Iyannough Road West Barnstable, MA 02668
January 20, 2017, 8 AM to 4 PM

learn more and REGISTER

More information at the Massachusetts Coastal Pine Barrens Partnership Forum 2017 Page  and Partnership Home Page


North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange (NAFSE)

Field Trip: History of fire management

Massachusetts Army National Guard Training Site
Joint Base Cape Cod
Thursday, January 19

Register and for more Field Trip information click here
NAFSE website

Registration for the Field Trip is now closed.

The Forum and Field Trip are free.


A very brief tutorial to explain what is the Massachusetts Coastal Pine Barrens and why you should help save it.

Pine Barrens Overview 1

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Coastal Pine Barrens

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The area on the map above is the entire Coastal Pine Barrens Ecoregion. The green areas mark pitch pine-scrub oak forests within the Ecoregion. Each new development in a red-marked area means the loss of more pitch pine-scrub oak habitat. While the wetlands and a few of the 51 natural plant communities within the Pine Barrens have some protection, little protection exists for upland forests. The forested areas are home to at least 72 State-Listed species and serve to purify rainwater, as it passes through the sandy soils into the Plymouth Carver Sole Source Aquifer, the only source of drinkable water in the region.

Development, removal of the sand hills for commercial and industrial use, fire suppression and illegal and careless use of the natural areas are degrading and destroying this globally rare habitat. It took thousands of years of evolution to form the plants and animals whose existence depends on the pine barrens ecosystem that we see today, yet it has taken just a few decades to bring many of the plants and animals related to this fragile ecosystem close to the point of extinction. The Massachusetts Department of Fish and Wildlife counts 182 species as State-Listed, meaning Endangered, Threatened or Species of Concern.

Human disregard and the recent trend seen in both Federal and State agencies to roll back regulations and delist species is having grave consequences for conservation efforts all across the United States. Locally, we witness those consequences daily. Every development approved without considering the long term effects on the environment, every special permit that undermines zoning districts, every pass through a natural area by an illegal dirt bike, every removal of native vegetation for the planting of some foreign plant makes another cut in the ecology.

SEMPBA was formed to save the Pine Barrens but no one organization or even all of the organizations that exist now (and there are about 200 in the region) will be able to save this special ecosystem. It will take a large majority of people who care enough about nature to stand up for greater protection of the environment and better community planning throughout the ecoregion and that just isn't happening.

The Pine Barrens needs you. Please join and support the groups that are working everyday to save the Massachusetts Coastal Pine Barrens Ecoregion. Many are found on SEMPBA's Conservation Directory (a work in progress) here.

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› SEMPBA serves as the Coordinators of the Southeastern Massachusetts Coastal Pine Barrens Partnership. To find out more about the Pine Barrens Partnership, visit the Pine Barrens Partnership Website.

› Contact SEMPBA or any of the area's conservation groups when you are ready to help save our Pine Barrens.

Pine Fest 2016

Click here for the Pine Fest Home Page

Pine Fest 2016—A Pine Barrens Multicultural Celebration!

Pine Fest 2016 has come and gone but plans are already in the works for Pine Fest 2017. We'll see you in May 2017 for the 4th Annual Pine Fest at the Charge Pond Campground Pavilion, Myles Standish State Forest, Plymouth and Carver, Massachusetts.