Members of the Metrowest Conservation Alliance (MCA) work collaboratively on land management (stewardship) and land protection to achieve regional conservation success. 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.
Formed in 2009, the Metrowest Conservation Alliance (formerly the West Suburban Conservation Council, or WSCC), is a regional consortium of local land trusts, conservation commissions, agencies, individual landowners, and students working together on land conservation and stewardship. The MCA is based in Metrowest Boston, including the 36 towns within the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord River watershed. Organizations in neighboring towns are also welcome to participate.
Cooperation between conservation organizations provides not only technical support on overlapping projects, but also gives political clout to regional efforts. The Alliance was originally formed as a Woodland Council, one of many regional conservation partnerships that were created to advance the Wildlands and Woodlands Vision.
Below is a list of current and former committees of the MCA. Committees are active as long as needed to achieve their goals:
- Advisory Committee
- Native Pollinator Task Force
- Deer Management for Forest Health Committee
- Governance Group (not currently active)
Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) is hosting two TerraCorps/AmeriCorps Members for the 2020-2021 service year. MCA and CISMA partners can apply for capacity-building assistance from these members. Download a Request for Proposals. Deadline: September 25, 2020.
Any organization, municipality, or agency involved in conservation within the watershed can become a partner. To find out more reach out Kristin O'Brien, MCA Coordinator ([email protected]).
Acton Conservation Trust
Boxborough Conservation Trust
City of Marlborough
Concord Land Conservation Trust
Division of Fisheries & Wildlife-Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program
Lincoln Land Conservation Trust
Littleton Conservation Trust
New England Forestry Foundation
Sherborn Rural Land Foundation
Southborough Open Land Foundation (SOLF)
Sudbury Valley Trustees
Town of Acton Natural Resources Department
Town of Billerica Conservation Commission
Town of Bolton Conservation Commission
Town of Concord Division of Natural Resources
Town of Framingham Conservation Commission
Town of Holliston Conservation Commission
Town of Northborough Trails Committee
Town of Stow Conservation Commission
Town of Westborough Conservation Commission
Town of Weston Conservation Commission
Westborough Community Land Trust
Westford Conservation Trust