Conservation Partnerships

Framingham's Conservation and Open Space Department is an active member of several conservation partnerships such as:


The SuAsCo CISMA (Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area) is a partnership of organizations that intend to manage and control invasive species defined by the geography of the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord (SuAsCo) watershed. Thirty-six towns are part of the SuAsCo Watershed, and we are all connected by the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord river system. The watershed covers approximately 377 square miles and includes a variety of upland habitats, wetland habitats, historic sites, scenic sites and recreational areas. The towns, state and federal government agencies, and environmental organizations that hold land in the watershed all share an interest in the work of the CISMA.


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 and neighboring towns that are welcome to participate. Council members work collaboratively on land management (stewardship) and land protection to achieve regional conservation success. The Council promotes sustainable forestry and agriculture, biodiversity protection, and local economies. The Council recognizes the need to integrate people with the environment through education, extension and outreach in order to achieve our conservation goals. Priority issues include: protecting agricultural lands, cooperative land protection projects, deer management, open field management, climate adaptation


The Massachusetts Society of Municipal Conservation Professionals (MSMCP) was formed to serve and support municipal conservation staff and to work to raise the level of professionalism through the exchange of information, the presentation of technical and scientific information, the promotion of professional staffing for all towns within the Commonwealth, and the encouragement of dialog among contiguous and regionally related Conservation Commissions and their staff. MSMCP takes an active role in reaching out to communities in need of staff, offering advice on shared positions, establishing new positions, and training new personnel. Whenever possible, MSMCP can provide job descriptions and salary levels. Through its network, MSMCP is committed to initiating and coordinating cooperative projects among staff in regionally related areas. In addition, MSMCP collaborates with Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MA DEP) and the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC) through joint outreach and workshop programs.