Collaborations

MassLIFT-AmeriCorps

In 2009, SVT began a successful partnership with the Massachusetts Land Initiative for Tomorrow (MassLIFT) program, managed by the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust in Athol, MA.  MassLIFT is part of the national AmeriCorps program that engages more than 75,000 Americans in service at nonprofit organizations across the country each year. Through MassLIFT, which seeks to accelerate the pace of land protection across the Commonwealth, AmeriCorps members are paid a stipend to serve at a regional conservation organization.

Each year, SVT receives the assistance of MassLIFT-AmeriCorps members who work with us from September through August. These talented individuals have greatly increased our capacity to meet critical community needs for land protection, stewardship, and conservation outreach and education. Our current MassLIFT-AmeriCorps members are listed on the Contact SVT page.

West Suburban Conservation Council (WSCC)

Formed in 2009 and coordinated by SVT, the WSCC is a regional consortium of local land trusts, conservation commissions, agencies, individual landowners, and students working together on land conservation and stewardship. The WSCC works on land management and land protection to achieve regional conservation success.  The Council promotes sustainable forestry and agriculture, biodiversity protection, and local economies.  The Council recognizes the need to integrate people with the environment through education, extension and outreach in order to achieve its conservation goals. For more, go to West Suburban Conservation Council: Mission & Priorities.

SuAsCo CISMA

The SuAsCo CISMA (Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord watershed Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area) is a partnership of organizations that seek to manage and control invasive species in the SuAsCo watershed. The CISMA aims to protect the biological, aesthetic, cultural, historical, and recreational values of natural areas, farmland, water resources, and scenic vistas. To that end, the partners share information and strategies for dealing with invasive species.

SVT was a signatory to the memorandum of understanding that established the SuAsCo CISMA in 2009 and is a Principle Partner in the organization.

River Stewardship Council (RSC)

The RSC coordinates the conservation of the 29-mile segment of the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers that has been designated as “Wild and Scenic” by the National Park Service. The RSC serves as an official advisory committee to the National Park Service on federal permits affecting the resources of the three rivers, and it raises awareness of the rivers through events such as its annual RiverFest celebration. The RSC includes representatives from local town governments, federal agencies, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as well as from SVT and other concerned organizations.

Bay Circuit Alliance (BCA)

The BCA, founded in 1990, seeks to create a Bay Circuit Trail & Greenway extending from Plum Island on the North Shore of Massachusetts to Kingston Bay on the South Shore. The Alliance is a partnership of individuals and organizations—including SVT—that helps local communities establish their portion of the trail through planning and technical assistance, route identification, land protection, and trail management and construction.

More than 200 miles of trail have already been dedicated, providing opportunities for passive recreation (walking, biking, snowshoeing, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing) in throughout eastern Massachusetts.