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Protecting the environment takes an entire community. In early February, the Coalition co-sponsored a virtual gathering of regional conservation leaders at the annual Southeastern Massachusetts Land Trust Convocation, to share new trends and best practices among those focused on protecting and restoring our region’s most treasured natural landscapes and vital habitats.

One lesson from 2020 lies in the enduring call of natural places and spaces.

The Town of Marion recently took a major step forward in the effort to combat water pollution in Buzzards Bay with the adoption of regulations that will require new construction to install nitrogen-reducing septic systems.  It also requires that systems that fail inspection when a  property is being sold to upgrade to a nitrogen reducing system.

Dramatic barrier beaches, coastal marsh and upland habitats on Cuttyhunk Island are now secure from the threat of development thanks to a deal that will ensure these unique lands remain natural and are accessible to the public.

Since childhood, Tom Richardson has associated Buzzards Bay with big fish and exciting angling. He started coming down to Wareham to visit a friend’s summer home in the 1980s, and quickly fell in love with saltwater fishing on Buzzards Bay.

“It was full of wild fish, bigger fish, dealing with the tides, the ocean environment – as opposed to the lakes where I grew up fishing, which felt static in comparison,” Richardson explained.