Financing Forest Conservation Across The Commonwealth:

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Using Aggregation and Mitigation To Conserve The Forests of Massachusetts

June 2010 (Revised September 2010)

By James N. Levitt, Jason Sohigian and Kate Isenberg

The conservation of the forests and watersheds of Massachusetts is key to the sustained health and well-being of present and future citizens of the Commonwealth. It is similarly key to the provision of the ecosystem services upon which they do now and will for many centuries depend. Recent studies articulate scenarios in which a cross-sectoral coalition achieves -- over coming decades -- the landscape-scale conservation of wildlands, woodlands and wetlands from the Berkshires to Massachusetts Bay, including those owned and managed by state and local governments, by large and small non-profit organizations, by private businesses, and by individuals and their families. Achieving the ambitious landscape-scale forest and watershed conservation goals articulated in these scenarios will require natural capital, human capital, social capital and, inevitably, financial capital. To read the entire report click here.

This is a RESEARCH PUBLICATION of: The Program on Conservation Innovation at the Harvard Forest, Harvard University. Prepared with support from The Massachusetts Environmental Trust.