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Ipink heartMoths

A support program for the rare moths of the southeastern Massachusetts Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens.

Visit the Ipink heartMoths webpage.


Volunteers are Needed for the Plymouth Ponds and Lakes Stewardship Project! Are you interested in taking part in an exciting program to do water sampling in 34 ponds in Plymouth? If yes, please contact SEMPBA is helping Kim Tower, Town of Plymouth Environmental Technician Department of Marine and Environmental Affairs find volunteers to take water samples from 34 ponds in Plymouth (see the list below). Samples will be analyzed for total phosphorus, total nitrogen, pH, chlorophyll-a, phaeophytin and alkalinity as well as field measurement profiles. The data (as well as previous data) will be analyzed by UMASS and compiled into an "atlas" format – groups will be given a draft to review prior to publication.

Contact Kim with any questions about the project at (508) 747-1620 x198, email

NOTE: There is also a long-term water monitoring opportunity for the Eel River, Russell Mill Pond and a few wells near the SEMPBA Community Conservation Center on Long Pond Road. Please let us know if you would like to learn more. Email SEMPBA

SEMPBA Pine Barrens Mapping and Assessment Program

The Massachusetts' Pine Barrens extend from Duxbury to Provincetown along the shoreline, including Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha's Vineyard.  Inland, it spans the towns of Plymouth, Kingston, Plympton, Carver, Wareham, and Bourne. Every Pine Barrens parcel in the region requires regular field assessments to keep information about the health of the natural community up-to-date and to help prioritize conservation and restoration efforts. 

To preserve the Massachusetts Pine Barrens ecoregion, we must first find out how much of our conservation lands contain the pitch pine-scrub oak habitat and the other types of natural communities, and monitor its present condition and characteristics over time. To that end, SEMPBA is developing a natural communities assessment program to aid land owners and volunteers in mapping and assessing the region's terrestrial communities.

SEMPBA sponsored a Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program (NHESP) Pine Barrens Assessment Field Training in May 2013. We realized then that we needed to find simpler assessment tools for volunteers. We found it. Now we are updating to A Guide to the Natural Communities of Eastern Massachusetts, produced and developed the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences. The updated guide promises to be user-friendly and easy to reproduce. Once the guide is updated, we will offer workshops and field training.

If you would like to begin assessing natural communities before the SEMPBA workshops resume, check out the Pine Barrens Assessment Program page. There you will find the most recent version of A Guide to the Natural Communities of Massachusetts, 2004, developed by the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences.


Good news for Pine Barrens

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Bureau of Forest Fire Control and Forest Management is currently conducting the largest forest restoration project ever undertaken by the Commonwealth. The removal of the non-native red pine plantations, planted decades ago for timber interests, will open up 576 acres for the regeneration of native pitch pine-scrub oak barrens in the Myles Standish State Forest.

Pine Barrens Restoration Timber Harvest

Myles Standish State Forest Red Pine Removal Project

Myles Standish Planning Unit Resource Management Plan