SEMPBA Logo Pine Barrens in fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stewardship Information and Scientific Resources for the Southeastern Massachusetts Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens Ecoregion

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has identified southeastern Massachusetts as Level III Ecoregion #84, Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens.

Massachusetts Level III Ecoregions defined by the EPA: Ecoregions denote areas of general similarity in ecosystems and in the type, quality, and quantity of environmental resources.

EPA Map Ecoregion Level III

EPA Map Ecoregion Level IV (takes a while to download)

EPA Ecoregions of New England

84. ATLANTIC COASTAL PINE BARRENS
This is a transitional ecoregion, distinguished from the coastal ecoregion (63) to the south by its coarser-grained soils, cooler climate, and Northeastern oak-pine potential natural vegetation. The climate is milder than the coastal ecoregion (59) to the north that contains Appalachian oak forests and some northern hardwoods forests. The physiography of this ecoregion is not as flat as that of the Middle Atlantic Coastal Plain (63), but it is not as irregular as that of the Northeastern Coastal Zone (59). The shore characteristics of sandy beaches, grassy dunes, bays, marshes, and scrubby oak-pine forests are moe like those to the south, in contrast to the more rocky, jagged, forested coastline found to the north. Data Source

Sand Barrens Management

Sand Barrens Habitat Management: A Toolbox for Managers

Lloyd Raleigh, Islands Regional Ecologist Joseph Capece, Up-island Assistant Superintendent Alison Berry, Restoration Specialist

The Trustees of Reservations, Islands Regional Office

Manual For Long-Term Forest Monitoring

 

Manual For Long-Term Forest Monitoring.

Highstead Foundation Harvard Forest, Harvard University. May 2014.

Authors: Edward Faison, David Orwig, David Foster, Emily Silver, Brian Hall, Brian Donahue, and Audrey Barker-Plotkin

TNC Pine Barrens Brochure

The Pine Barrens of Southeast Massachusetts.The Nature Conservancy, 2009.

Milkweed

WWF Report: Living Planet Report 2014 - 32.6 MB

Call of Life: Facing the Mass Extinction :
Director: Monte Thompson | Producer: Chera Van Burg
Genre: Documentary

 

Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Program

The Tall Timbers E.V. Komarek Fire Ecology Database provides access to bibliographic records in a unique, extensive collection of fire ecology and fire science literature. The database emphasizes the southeastern United States, the USA, and North America. Historical and current works are included.

Tall Timbers E.V. Komarek Fire Ecology Database Website.

Download a fact sheet about fire management at Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge

Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge Does Controlled Burn for People and New England Cottontails. April 13, 2012. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 2012.

"The hopes and dreams of Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge recently went up in smoke and that's just the way the refuge wanted it.

Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) 2013 Ecosystems Center Report

The Ecosystems Center Report 2013. Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), Woods Hole, MA. 2013.

"In 2013 MBL celebrated its 125 year anniversary. The year also marked a milestone in climate science. When the MBL was founded in 1888, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere was 290 parts per million (ppm). That concentration passed 400 ppm in 2013 - a level higher than any time in the last 600,000 years. If we continue business as usual, atmospheric carbon dioxide could reach levels not seen in several million years."
—Christopher Neill, Ecosystems Center Director

Herring Ponds Watershed Stewardship Guide pdf

The Herring Ponds Watershed: Your Stewardship Guide, Plymouth and Bourne Massachusetts. The Herring Ponds Watershed Association. New York: It's About Time, 2013.

"This Stewardship Guide is a concise environmental education course that is as informative as it is a pleasure to read. It contains "Kids Pages", local history, an extensive list of Online resources, and much more. All locals should have a copy."

Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game Division of Ecological Restoration 2013 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report: The Value of Restoration. Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game Division of Ecological Restoration (DER). 2013.

"The Report highlights all of the DER Ecological Restoration projects, of which forty-one river, flow and wetlands restoration projects are listed for the southeast region. SEMPBA thanks the DER for understanding the value of the Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens region."

Prescribed Fire

Managing Fuels in Northeastern Barrens Publications Listings and Links.

Topic Headings: Pitch Pine; Invasive Species; Fuel Treatment; Paleoecology; Miscellaneous

Managing Fuels in Northeast Barrens. Joint Fire Science Program Northeast Barrens Fuels Demonstration Project

"Pitch pine-scrub oak barrens... are characterized by excessively drained soils and by several plant species which are highly flammable and/or have adaptations to survive or regenerate after fire.

Pitch pine-scrub oak barrens are among the rarest and most imperiled natural community types in the United States, and they support a number of rare species.

Explore our website and learn about Fuels Management in Northeastern Barrens."

he Return on Investment in Parks and Open Space in Massachusetts

The Return on Investment in Parks and Open Space in Massachusetts. The Trust for Public Land. Boston, MA. 2013.

Natural Resource Condition Assessment, Cape Cod National Seashore

Natural Resource Condition Assessment, Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts. Natural Resource Report NPS/NER/NRR—2012/605

Nelson, S.J., P. Vaux, M.J. James-Pirri, and G. Giese. 2010. Natural resource condition assessment: Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts. Natural Resource Report NPS/NER/NRR—2012/605. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado.

This report is an assessment of the condition of the natural resources of Cape Cod National Seashore (CACO) and a review of the threats that act on these resources. The assessment focuses on the four landscape types present in the Park: uplands; barrier islands/spits/dunes; freshwaters (ponds, streams, wetlands and groundwater); and estuaries/salt marshes.

THE VULNERABILITIES OF FISH AND WILDLIFE HABITATS IN THE NORTHEAST TO CLIMATE CHANGE

THE VULNERABILITIES OF FISH AND WILDLIFE HABITATS IN THE NORTHEAST TO CLIMATE CHANGE
A report to the Northeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative
Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences and the National Wildlife Federation
September 2012

Southeastern Massachusetts Natural Resources Atlas

Southeastern Massachusetts Natural Resources Atlas: A Regional Guide to Biodiversityanomet Center for Conservation Sciences. Plymouth, MA. 2006.

Note: Available for sale from SEMPBA; contact info@pinebarrensalliance.org or at MCCS.

A Guide to the Natural Communities of Massachusetts

A Guide to the Natural Communities of Massachusetts. Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences. Plymouth, MA. 2006.

Note: SEMPBA is hoping to release a second edition of this field guide. The Guide is available Online at the SEMPBA Pine Barrens Assessment page. Contact info@pinebarrensalliance.org for a new copy.

Fire Management in the Northeast Brochure

Managing Habitat to Protect People and Wildlife at Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge. Northeast Region Fire Program - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Fire and Wildlife Video

 

State of the Bay Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies

How is Our Bay? Five Years of Environmental Monitoring of Cape Cod BayProvincetown Center for Coastal Studies, 2012.

Buck Moth

Shrubland Lepidoptera of southern New England and southeastern New York: ecology, conservation, and management.

David L. Wagnera, Michael W. Nelsona,Dale F. Schweitzer. Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269, USA. Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Westborough, MA. 2003.

Photo: Buck Moth (Hemileuca maia) Gerald J. Lenhard, Louisiana State Univ, Bugwood.org. Wikipedia.

 

State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) is a comprehensive document that will help guide wildlife conservation decision making for Massachusetts' wildlife for many years. 2005.

The Massachusetts Action Plan
55MB (750 pages)

 

Stanley W. Bromley.The Original Forest Types of Southern New England. Ecological Monographs, Vol. 5, No. 1 (Jan. 1935), 61-89.

 

FINAL REPORT, NORTHEAST COASTAL AREAS STUDY: SIGNIFICANf COASTAL HABITATS OF SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND AND PORTIONS OF LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK.
Submitted to U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, COMMfITEE ON APPROPRIATIONS AND U.S. SENATE, COMMfITEE ON APPROPRIATIONS. August 1991. PREPARED BY: U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE Southern New England - Long Island Sound Coastal and Estuary Office.

 

Action Plan for the Barnstable Ponds. EcoLogic LLC. Stearns & Wheler GHD. December 31, 2009.

Geologic History Of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. USGS. Science for a Changing World.

Sy

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species Program
Rare Bunnies Benefit from Controlled Burns in Massachusetts

Photo Credit: Anne Schnell, USFWS

The Pine Barrens—What We Need to Know for Their Conservation

John Galluzzo is the Director of Education and Camping for the South Shore Natural Science Center, coauthored Mass Audubon's Breeding Bird Atlas II and was named the 2013 Volunteer of the Year for Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Recently, John taught an eight week course on the Pine Barrens through the Duxbury Life Long Learning program with excellent reviews! 

*John has made this presentation available for public use to help raise awareness about the Southeastern Massachusetts Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens.

John Galluzzo

John Galluzzo

Saving the Pine Barrens.pptx

saving_the_pine_barrens.pdf

AmphibiaWeb provides information on amphibian declines, natural history, conservation, and taxonomy.

AmphibiaWeb's friend, The Wiggly Tendrils, wrote a catchy song, Amphibians, to commemorate the 7000th known amphibian species in July 2012. So catchy, that the creative minds at the California Academy of Sciences set the song to video. This music video was produced by the California Academy of Sciences and Grant Inouye. Learn more.

The Sights and Sounds of Wetlands and Wildlife by Naturalist Carlos Fragata and Amanda Fragata.