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2009 Land Protection Report

2009 Land Protection Report

Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Fall 2009

The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) and its agencies took action to permanently protect 22,353 acres of land - the equivalent of 61 acres per day - in fiscal year 2009.

In 2009, the state expended $57.7 million on 217 conservation projects that protected 18,644 acres though a combination of grants, fee purchase, and conservation and agricultural preservation restrictions. An additional 3,029 acres were preserved through 147 conservation restrictions approved by EEA Secretary Ian Bowles and 680 acres via legislation and other means.

2009 Acres Preserved

Via Expenditure: 18,644
Via Restrictions: 3,029
Other: 680

TOTAL: 22,353

State-funded land conservation programs leverage significant additional investment in land protection by private land trusts and municipalities. In FY 2009, the Commonwealth's investment of $57.7 million was matched by $25 million from landowners, nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and federal sources.

In August 2007, Governor Patrick made a historic commitment to land preservation, pledging at least $50 million annually - a 62 percent increase over yearly land protection spending during the previous four years, and a 34 percent increase over spending each year from 1999 to 2007. 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.

Full details of these statewide conservation achievements are available in the PDF and Word document versions of the 2009 Land Protection Report listed above. The report spotlights specific projects across the Commonwealth, describes agency-by-agency projects, and details historical land conservation data.

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