Collaborating with Nature to Create Climate Resilience
Facing the global challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss and the local challenge of being on the Massachusetts development frontier, Bolton, Devens and Harvard are collaborating with Nature to identify and deliver climate solutions that will increase the resiliency of our communities and ecosystems. Nature-based solutions provide cost-effective climate resilience by providing multiple co-benefits, including reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, improved water quality and water supply, reduced flooding, improved air quality, cooler local temperatures, fish and wildlife habitat and support for biodiversity, recreational and aesthetic opportunities, and improved physical and mental public health.
Apple Country Land Acknowledgement
We wish to acknowledge that the land where the Apple Country Natural Climate Solutions Project is taking place is on the unseated traditional territory of the Nipmuc Tribal People, and we wish to thank the elders and ancestors for permitting our presence on these traditional lands. Nipmuc means the People of the Fresh Water.
Faced with the dual challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss, we value collaboration with the Nipmucs and other Indigenous peoples in providing education about sustainable and regenerative practices that enhance climate resilience and support biodiversity, consistent with the holistic and reciprocal relationship that Indigenous peoples traditionally maintain with the Nature.