SEMPBA Needs Your Support.
Your donation supports the SEMPBA Community Conservation Center and our programs and initiatives to help protect and conserve the Southeastern Massachusetts Coastal Pine Barrens ecoregion.
SEMPBA is an all-volunteer non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable organization.
Please help by making a donation to support SEMPBA’s programs (our overhead is 100% covered) or by volunteering with us or another conservation organization. It’s going to take all of us to save the Ecoregion!
Why Support SEMPBA?
1. SEMPBA volunteers are on a mission to save the globally rare coastal Pine Barrens ecoregion.
SEMPBA volunteers are doing all we can to reverse the decline of wildlife habitat, protect our water resources, and promote land management that will reduce heavy fuel loading that can cause catastrophic wildfires common to every Pine Barrens ecoregion. Your ecoregion needs you! If you can’t donate, please consider volunteering.
2. SEMPBA is grassroots all the way.
As an all–volunteer organization, SEMPBA doesn’t need a lot of money—everything we do, we do for free. We try to keep our programs free, too. We are reaching out to the community at every level to build the partnerships we need to save the ecoregion. Have a look at our projects and programs. They are worth supporting!
3. The SEMPBA Community Conservation Center is worth supporting.
Opening the SEMPBA Community Conservation Center in these uncertain economic times is risky, but we believe it is far more risky to do nothing. Having a Center allows SEMPBA to:
- Engage more volunteers
- Enlist interns
- Host a full-time TerraCorps member
- Provide a Pine Barrens Research and Resource Library
- Offer meeting space for regional conservation groups free of charge
- Operate the Hauthaway Nature Center, where learning about local ecology, becoming acquainted with native plants, and engaging in activities that build a community in harmony with the environment happens close to home
In December 2013, SEMPBA won a bid for a five-year lease on a property owned by the Town of Plymouth. In lieu of rent, the Town requires us to maintain the building and grounds and make annual improvements to the property.
While rent is free, insuring a public building is expensive— just over $5,000 a year with expenses like heat, electricity, phone, Internet service, security, and keeping the driveway potholes filled. We also hope to put a little money aside to cover any unexpected maintenance emergencies, and office supplies are expected to run around $1,000 a year. You can see why we need your support!
We’ve been pretty successful writing grants and finding donors for our programs so far.
The building is on a beautiful parcel abutting the Eel River with trails leading from the property through forested Town conservation land to the Russell Mill Pond Conservation Area. However, the grounds are rampant with invasive plants and the house, built in 1952, needs a lot of work. The little greenhouse, where we hope to propagate native plants, does too. So does the garage.
The doors are usually open weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers are always delighted to show visitors around and talk about the Pine Barrens.