All wildlife needs food, water, shelter and space arranged in such a way that their populations will thrive. Wildlife habitat is formed from these 4 essential building blocks. Scientists and other conservationists agree that habitat loss is the number one threat to many wildlife populations. MassWildlife is protecting habitat across the state, providing habitat for rare and endangered species, as well as game and non-game fish and wildlife species.
People need habitat to thrive as well. MassWildlife lands provide space for people to hike, and watch birds. Successful hunters and anglers can enjoy the outdoor experience and savor the flavor of the wild side in their meals shared with family and friends. Wildlife lands provide people shelter from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Many wildlife lands provide access to water, for boating, fishing, and wading explorations as well as protecting water quality. All of these elements contribute to a higher quality of life for both people and wildlife.
On this page are links to ways in which MassWildlife is protecting wildlife habitat now and for future generations of wildlife and people.
Wildland Acquisition and Protection - Learn how MassWildlife protects important lands and waters for both wildlife and people.
Funding for Wildlands - Protecting wildlife habitat requires funding. Contrary to popular belief, general tax funds are not used for habitat acquisition. Find out how you can become part of the wildlife habitat protection effort!
BioMap - MassWildlife's Natural Heritage Program has mapped the areas most in need of protection in order to protect the native biodiversity of the Commonwealth. BioMap focuses primarily on state-listed rare species and exemplary natural communities but also includes the full breadth of the State's biological diversity.
Living Waters - The Living Waters conservation plan, developed by the Natural Heritage Program, identifies our most critical sites for freshwater biodiversity in the Commonwealth. These sites, referred to as Core Habitats, represent the rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds where we should focus proactive conservation activities in order to protect freshwater habitats.