Wildlife & Habitat Conservation Programs

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.