Wildlife enthusiasts can take to the field in the Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) throughout the state. Birders, naturalists, hikers and other outdoors people can pursue their interests on those lands and waters with public access. Healthy game populations throughout the state provide sportsmen and women with a wide variety of enjoyable fishing and hunting experiences.
Links to fishing and hunting laws , seasons and other regulations are provided as well.
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.
The Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program (NHESP), part of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, is one of the programs forming the Natural Heritage network . NHESP is responsible for the conservation and protection of hundreds of species that are not hunted, fished, trapped, or commercially harvested in the state. The Program's highest priority is protecting the vertebrate and invertebrate animals and native plants that are officially listed as Endangered, Threatened or of Special Concern in Massachusetts.