*** July 31st Update ***
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Healthy Soils Action Plan Public Meetings! You can find a PDF of the Public Meeting Presentation, a follow-up survey, and recordings of two of the sessions at the links below.
Healthy, living soils are the foundation for the ecosystems that shape the character of our communities, support the livelihoods of farmers and foresters, and underpin the rich diversity of life in Massachusetts. The health of soils and their performance are strongly influenced by their land use history, current land cover, and how they are managed.
The purpose of the Massachusetts Healthy Soils Action Plan is to provide evidence-based recommendations that help people better manage soils of five major land types including: Forests, Wetlands, Agriculture, Turf and Ornamental Landscapes (developed open space), and Impervious and Urbanized Lands. Through targeted conservation, soil-smart development, and better soil management, the recommendations of the HSAP will propose a coordinated approach to protecting the productivity of our working and wild lands, assisting cities and towns to improve resilience and reduce their vulnerability to natural hazards and climate change, and achieving the ambitious and necessary goals of the Global Warming Solutions Act.
This approach spans all levels of action, ranging from the transformation of management practices to creating better policies. Together, these recommendations are aimed at creating healthier soils that provide better flood and stormwater performance, nutrient and water availability, carbon sequestration rates, plant productivity, water supply protection, and insect and disease resistance.
Questions can be directed to Genevieve Lawlor at firstname.lastname@example.org.