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Forests, Funding, and Conservation in Decline across New England
Published Thursday, September 21, 2017 10:00 am

A new report from the Harvard Forest shows New England is losing an average of 24,000 acres of forest to development each year. Land-use change, says the report “Wildlands and Woodlands, Farmlands and Communities," is likely to exert even greater pressure on New England forest ecosystems than climate change over the next half-century. The report also also demonstrates public funding for conservation has dropped 50 percent from its peak in 2008, to slightly below 2004 levels. The pace of regional land conservation also slowed from an average of 333,000 acres per year in the early 2000s to about 50,000 acres per year since 2010. Read the report by clicking here.

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