Forest-to-Faucet Partnership: University of Massachusetts Amherst/U.S. Forest Service

Some of our partners have included:

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a national, nonprofit, land conservation organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, community gardens, historic sites, rural lands, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come. The Trust for Public Land, the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass), and the US Forest Service (USFS) designed the Source Water Stewardship Project to foster sustained local and regional efforts to conserve forests and open space, mitigate pollution, and improve water quality on demonstration sites in Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

 

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Water Supply Protection manages and protects the drinking water supply watersheds for Boston and many surrounding communities. The Division of Water Supply Protection provided technical assistance in the development of the Watershed Forest Management Information System (WFMIS) and has incorporated it into the 2007-17 Quabbin Land Management Plan.

 

The Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) is a non-profit municipal corporation that provides quality water, water pollution control, GIS mapping, and household hazardous waste collection to eight member municipalities including Hartford, CT. The MDC provided technical assistance in the implementation and validation of the Watershed Forest Management Information System (WFMIS) on the Barkhamsted Forest in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

 

        

In 2002, the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (CT DEP), in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, purchased the development rights for 15,300 acres of watershed land from the Aquarion Water Company. The land was designated the Centennial Watershed State Forest in recognition of the 100-year anniversary of forest management in the State of Connecticut.  Aquarion, CT DEP Division of Forestry, and the Nature Conservancy have begun working with us in implementing the Watershed Forest Management Information System (WFMIS) on the Centennial Watershed State Forest and other watershed lands in southwestern Connecticut.

 

The Portland Water District is a municipal corporation that provides water, wastewater, and environmental services to Portland, Maine and 10 other communities. The Portland Water District is implementing the Watershed Forest Management Information System (WFMIS) on the Sebago Lake watershed.

 

        

The Great Mountain Forest Corporation, Coalition for Sound Growth and Housatonic Valley Association are NGOs dedicated to the conservation and sustainable management of forests, water, and cultural resources in northwestern Connecticut (focusing on Norfolk, Canaan, and North Canaan). As a continuation of the USDA Forest Service Highlands Project we have worked with these o rganizations to implement the Watershed Forest Management Information System (WFMIS) to support local conservation initiatives.

 

                

Beginning with "Five Town Project" as pilot study to foster forest conservation in rural communities of western Massachusetts, we have worked with UMass Extension and The Trustees of Reservations Highland Communities Initiative to organize and present state-of-the-art spatial information to support and enhance the work of Conservation, Wetlands, and Planning & Zoning Commissions in small communities. The Neighbor Conservation Network project now encompasses a large portion of western Massachusetts.

 

As part of the Forests, Water, and People Assessment project for the Northeastern Area, we are working with the Missouri Department of Conservation to support their state-wide forest land classification and prioritization efforts.