We can’t do much to make life easier for a lobster fisherman, scallop dragger or clam digger but we can help address some basic necessities. Conserving wild lands offers many recreational and economic benefits and helps preserve a traditional way of life for residents as well as attracting visitors and building eco-tourism.
For example, access to the region’s shores and waters is essential to many people in our local communities. but traditional water access is inevitably lost when undeveloped shorelines are converted to house lots. When we protect coastal habitats from being subdivided and built up we also ensure that local people can continue to get to the water.
Perhaps it is less obvious that unfettered opportunities to hunt, fish, snowshoe, canoe or just roam the woods are also extremely important to the local way of life. The freedom to enjoy wild undeveloped lands is a cherished New England tradition that enriches the lives of many, but may well be lost in our rural areas if it is not protected. When we halt heedless development we also halt the proliferation of “Posted” and “No Trespassing” signs that disconnect residents from traditional access to their lands and waters.
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