Our Mission

What We Do

SEMPBA focuses on the four most critical issues causing the decline of our Pine Barrens:

  • Fragmentation resulting from development, road construction, and non-native plants
  • Fire suppression and lack of habitat management
  • Illegal uses, i.e., off-road vehicles, dumping, and off-trail hiking
  • Lack of education and awareness
Board members caring for our native plant garden.
Board members caring for our native plant garden.

Wondering why we are so passionate aboutĀ our Pine Barrens? It's all about understanding the ecosystem.


The map above depicts the Massachusetts Coastal Pine Barrens ecoregion. The red areas mark the pitch pine-scrub oak forests within the ecoregion. The forested areas alone are home to at least 72 state-listed species. Forests 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.

The Massachusetts Department of Fish and Wildlife has state-listed 182 species of plants and animals in the Pine Barrens ecoregion as endangered, threatened or a species of concern. SEMPBA formed to help 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 ecosystem 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 foundĀ here.