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SEMPBA Natural Communities Identification and Mapping Training Program

Southeastern Massachusetts is a globally rare ecoregion called the Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens. The Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program (NHESP) has identified forty natural communities(associated plant within the region, and they are still counting! Each of these habitats supports a number of rare animal and plant species, some of which occur only in the southeastern Massachusetts "Pine Barrens" region.

The Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance (SEMPBA) Natural Communities Identification and Mapping training program helps land managers and volunteers learn how to determine the natural community type, extent and character of Pine Barrens for planning and restoration purposes.

Please contact SEMPBA if you would like to know more about the training program at (774) 773-9982 or email info@pinebarrensalliance.org.

Feel free to use the materials. Please let us know if you are using them by contacting info@pinebarrensalliance.org.

Natural Communities Native Plant Field Guide

Endangered plants & animals of the Massachusetts Coastal Pine Barrens

A Guide to the Natural Communities of Massachusetts (2017 Edition)

MNHESP derived Field Form2 - Online version

Natural Communities Identification and Mapping Training Brochure

Please upload pictures of rare/endangered species you may find in the Massachusetts Coastal Pine Barrens to https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B_3dLP6OKBiKMFhsVXNNcDBPV1E?usp=sharing

Please upload photos that showcase the vegetation and damages/threats, tagged with name, date, location, and a statement of significance (ex. Bob Sample, 2/16/2010, Great Pond, erosion caused by ATV use) to https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B_3dLP6OKBiKMFhsVXNNcDBPV1E?usp=sharing

Please upload a Google Earth .kml shape file of the community surveyed to https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B_3dLP6OKBiKMFhsVXNNcDBPV1E?usp=sharing

SEMPBA is grateful to the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund and an anonymous donor for their support of this project.

Special thanks to MassLIFT AmeriCorps Member Jack Jezard, SEMPBA Volunteer Danielle Collitti, Environmental Consultant Tim Simmons, the great staff at Mass Fish & Wildlife Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, and Irina Kadis and Alexey Zinovjev of www.salicicola.com, without all of whom this program would not be possible.

SEMPBA is soley responsible for any errors in the Natural Communities Identification and Mapping training guides and online materials.

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