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Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
In August 2007, Governor Patrick made a historic commitment to land preservation, pledging at least $50 million annually - a 65 percent increase over yearly land protection spending during the previous four years, and 24 percent over spending each year from 1993 to 2003, adjusted for inflation. Primary funding for state land conservation programs comes from the $1.7 billion Energy and Environment Bond Bill passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Patrick in August 2008.
In 2008, the state expended $54.9 million on 223 conservation projects that protected 13,819acres though a combination of grants, fee purchase, and conservation and agricultural preservation restrictions. An additional 10,285 acres were preserved through 248 approved conservation restrictions approved by EEA Secretary Ian Bowles, the greatest number approved since the conservation restriction program began in 1967.
2008 Acres Preserved:
Via Expenditure: 13,189 Via Restrictions: 10,285 TOTAL: 24,104
State-funded land conservation programs leverage significant additional investment in land protection by private land trusts and municipalities. In FY 2008, the Commonwealth's investment of $54.9 million was matched by $32.2 million from landowners, nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and federal sources.
Full details of these statewide conservation achievements are available in the PDF and Word document versions of the 2008 Land Protection Report listed above. The report spotlights specific projects across the Commonwealth, describes agency-by-agency projects, and details historical land conservation data.