Heidi Ricci

Heidi Ricci

Senior Policy Analyst, Mass Audubon



Mass Audubon’s award-winning Shaping the Future of Your Community Outreach and Assistance Program provides educational programs, technical assistance and advice to community leaders to assist them with applying cutting edge open space and conservation design planning, and protection strategies. In collaboration with our Ecological Extension Service we also provide GIS analysis, ecological management plans, and other technical reports. Mass Audubon works to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife. Founded in 1896 by two inspirational women who were committed to the protection of birds, Mass Audubon is now one of the largest and most prominent conservation organizations in New England. Today we are respected for our sound science, successful advocacy, and innovative approaches to connecting people and nature. Each year, our statewide network of wildlife sanctuaries welcomes nearly half a million visitors of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds and serves as the base for our work. www.massaudubon.org/shapingthefuture.


  • Writing: report writing
  • RCP Administration: partnership/initiative coordination, meeting facilitation
  • Conservation Planning: strategic conservation planning, geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Land Conservation Activities: conservation easement monitoring and/or stewardship, collaborative process facilitation, stakeholder outreach and education, policy analysis
  • Forest/Land Management Services: forest/land management services 

Other: open space/green infrastructure for climate change resiliency for people and wildlife

Clients: We work regularly with many partners including municipalities, federal and state agencies, land trusts, and active citizens.  Examples include:  (1) Implementation of the new state-approved model bylaw for Open Space Design (conservation subdivisions that protect land without having to purchase it).  Contact:  Kurt Gaertner, MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.  We have also provided advice and reviewed draft bylaws for multiple municipalities and examples available on request.  (2) Use of BioMap 2 in open space planning and protection.  Contact: Sarah Haggerty, MA Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, (3) Assisted with development and implementation of regional plans identifying Priority Protection Areas and Priority Areas for Development.  Contact: Central MA Regional Planning Commission. (4) Municipal Adaptation planning for resiliency using Green Infrastructure — workshops and outreach.  Contact:  Vandana Rao, MA EEA.

Examples of work: Losing Ground: Beyond the Footprint - statewide land use trends and ecological integrity analysis with interactive mapping tools available to users.  Shaping the Future of Your Community – A Citizen’s Guide to Involvement in Community Planning, Land Protection, and Project Review.  Numerous presentations, informative fact sheets, model bylaws, case studies: http://www.massaudubon.org/our-conservation-work/community-outreach/sustainable-planning-development/shaping-the-future-of-your-community-program, Mass Audubon’s Ecological Extension Service conducts natural resources inventories, prepares ecological management plans, and provides other services to land trusts and municipalities.  For more information including examples of projects completed, see: http://www.massaudubon.org/EES/ees.phpMassachusetts Conservation Restriction Stewardship Manual. See Mass Audubon’s Land Protection page for more information about our Land Protection program.

Areas of operation:  Massachusetts

Compensation: Hourly, under contract; agreed upon fee, under contract; Participation in a collaborative grant; Pro Bono

Particularly interested in working on:  Intensive regional/local assistance to protect open space and green infrastructure for climate change resiliency for people and wildlife.