Wildlife & Habitat Conservation Programs

  • Fish Conservation

    MassWildlife is involved in several fisheries conservation activities. Most of these activities are focused on gathering data about fish and fish habitats across the state.

  • Coldwater Fish Resources List

    List of designated Coldwater Fish Resources in Massachusetts

  • Landowner Incentive Program (LIP)

    Here you will find information on how privately-owned lands provide important fish and wildlife habitat. Fill out an application for the DFW Landowner Incentive Program.

  • Biodiversity Initiative

    Conducts active habitat management for rare and declining wildlife species through a cooperative effort between the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program and the DFW Habitat Program. Find information here on the new Key Sites analysis, and on individual sites under management.

  • Upland Game Bird Habitat Management in Massachusetts

    This area discusses the importance of native upland game birds since they are an important part of the natural heritage.

  • Land Protection Program

    The Land Protection Program is a joint project of the Department of Fish and Game and the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.  The Program's purpose is to protect the Commonwealth's biological diversity and to provide public access routes and areas for recreation.

  • Habitat Management

    This information is intended to assist people who want to know about DFW's habitat management goals and practices.

  • State Wildlife Conservation Strategy

    An overview of the MassWildlife Action Plan.

Although Massachusetts is a small state with approximately 6 million people on a land base of only 5.2 million acres, the Bay State offers a wide variety of wildlife habitat types for a rich diversity of wildlife species.

This biodiversity (defined as the diversity of life and its processes) benefits both residents and visitors. When these resources are sustained, the opportunities for recreation, rejuvenation and economic benefit are retained. The extraordinary natural diversity of plants, animals and natural communities here confers on us certain responsibilities to conserve natural areas that provide habitat for all of the plants and animals in Massachusetts, for now and future generations.

Because MassWildlife cannot accomplish the task of wildlife and habitat management alone, partnerships and other kinds of support from other state agencies, conservation organizations, communities and individual landowners is key to conserving the natural diversity of the Commonwealth for residents and visitors to appreciate and enjoy.