The Metrowest Conservation Alliance (MCA) is a partnership of organizations that work collaboratively on land management (stewardship) and land protection to achieve regional conservation success. The MCA works in the 36-community region that makes up the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord River watershed, covering approximately 377 square miles. Partners include municipalities, state agencies, land trusts, and other non-profit organizations.
The MCA promotes sustainable forestry and agriculture, biodiversity protection, and local economies. The MCA recognizes the need to integrate people with the environment through education, extension, and outreach in order to achieve our conservation goals.
The MCA is a Regional Conservation Partnership (RCP), which is a network of private and public organizations and municipalities that work together to develop and implement a shared, long-term conservation vision across their shared region. As a recognized RCP, the MCA and its partners gain access to experienced peers in other organizations and gain insights about stewardship practices, wetland resource management/permitting, land protection strategies, management planning, Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) experience, and much more.
Additionally, partners working together typically get more work done, improve the quality of their work, and qualify for additional (and often larger) funding sources. Any conservation organization or municipality can become a partner.
Learn more about our Priority Issues
- Protecting Agricultural Lands
- Cooperative Land Protection Projects
- Forest Health
- Field Management
- Climate Adaptation
- Native Pollinators: The Bumble Bee Project
The MCA has several committees working on these priority issues. Click here to learn more About MCA.
Looking for more on landowner engagement or resources for landowners considering land conservation options? Click here.
Invasive species management is done in cooperation with the SuAsCo CISMA, a regional partnership of organizations that intend to manage and control invasive species defined by the geography of the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord (SuAsCo) watershed.
The MCA is coordinated by Sudbury Valley Trustees. For more information contact the MCA Coordinator, Kristin O'Brien, at [email protected].