When we conserve the land, we’re safeguarding fertile places to grow our food, clean air to breathe and water to drink, places for wildlife to make their homes as the climate changes, and natural places for us to explore. And, we’re also providing ourselves with the chance to live healthier lives —physically, mentally, and socially.
Trees and plants are essential to the air we breathe and the water we drink. Forests absorb rainfall and snow melt, and help the soils filter ground water and recharge the aquifers and reservoirs that provide our drinking water.
Places for Wildlife
The Pioneer Valley is home to a rich diversity of wildlife from the largest black bear to the smallest dwarf mussel. Every species needs the right place and space to play its part in the web of life that sustains our region and our planet.
Even with so much technology at our fingertips, more than ever we need ways to reconnect with nature—and with each other. Spending time in parks, on trails, or at other natural places improves our physical health and mental wellbeing, and brings people together. Having woods and fields to explore lets you find a deeper relationship with the plants and animals that share your home in the Valley.
The impacts of climate change are becoming clear, even in the Valley. Droughts, floods, fires, unpredictable weather events are a danger to our communities, local economies, and wildlife. Protecting large areas of forests can help slow the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. And, saving resilient landscapes may help wildlife and plants find new places to survive if their usual habitats change or disappear.