- This plan represents an important effort to engage the public in a dialogue about the future of our wildlife resources. During development of the Massachusetts Plan, we sought public input and comment through presentations of a draft to the Fisheries and Wildlife Board, the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Advisory Committee, and the Massachusetts Teaming With Wildlife Coalition.
- Learn more about the many species of animals that call Massachusetts their home.
- People in Massachusetts are often surprised at the many kinds of wildlife living in residential areas, including urban areas. Some types of wildlife thrive in these kinds of places, mostly due to greater food and shelter availability compared to rural environments.
- 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.
Of highest priority is the protection of rare species in Massachusetts. Learn about conservation success stories.
- Fish and wildlife permits required to include rehabilitation permits, scientific collecting and pest control.
- See what conservation activities are taking place in the Commonwealth and learn more about local fish.
- Sportsmen and women can find all regulations pertaining to their activities, landowners can find out information about nuisance animals, developers and environmental firms may find links to the endangered species list and review process.