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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.


Where Do You Love Map

Where Do You Love? 

We're making a map, one heart at a time. 

If we are going to find a way to protect our special places, keep our water clean, and have that long, quiet walk through the woods, then it has to begin with love, with an emotional connection to the earth. Wherever that is for you, we want to know.

Maybe it's that fish and chips stand on 6A on the Cape: you just love to sit there with your fried cod sandwich and look out over the water. Maybe it's a vernal pool, or your backyard deck, or where you build sand castles on the beach.

Be a part of a regional conservation vision. Fillout the 'Where Do You Love' form here. 

Please show us. Send your images or videos to

Place a heart on the map, pin a heart to your chest, and watch a vision for the conservation of where you love grow over the next two years.

View where others love. Click on the hearts to reveal why we love where we love.


Explore Natural Plymouth

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

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Coastal Pine Barrens

Massachuetts Coastal Pine Barrens Map

The map above depicts the Massachusetts Coastal Pine Barrens Ecoregion. The red areas mark the pitch pine-scrub oak forests within the eco-region. The forested areas alone 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 drinking 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 cause many of the plants and animals related to this fragile ecosystem to be at risk for extinction. The Massachusetts Department of Fish and Wildlife has state-listed 182 species of plants and animals in the Pine Barrens Eco-region as endangered, threatened or a species of concern.

SEMPBA was formed to save the Pine Barrens but no one organization or even all of the organizations that exist now (and there are over 200 in the region) will be able to save this special ecosystem. It will take a large majority of people who care to stand up for greater protection of the environment and better community planning throughout the ecoregion.

The Pine Barrens needs you. Please join or support the groups that are working everyday to save the Massachusetts Coastal Pine Barrens Ecoregion. Many are found on SEMPBA's Conservation Directory found 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 click here.

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