Wildlands and Woodlands: A Vision for the New England Landscape

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May 2010

By: David R. Foster, Brian M. Donahue, David B. Kittredge, Kathleen F. Lambert, Malcolm L. Hunter, Brian R. Hall, Lloyd C. Irland, Robert J. Lilieholm, David A. Orwig, Anthony W. D'Amato, Elizabeth A. Colburn, Jonathan R. Thompson, James N. Levitt, Aaron M. Ellison, William S. Keeton, John D. Aber, Charles V. Cogbill, Charles T. Driscoll, Timothy J. Fahey, Clarisse M. Hart


New England's distinctive landscape is a testament to the resiliency of the land and the conservation ethic of its people. The remarkable return of the region's forests following an early history of forest clearing and intensive logging offers an unprecedented opportunity to secure a more sustainable future. Today there is more forest cover between Long Island Sound and the Canadian border than at any time in the past two centuries. The 33 million acres of trees, waters, and wetlands that blanket New England provide areas for recreation, hunting, and other traditional uses; wood and other forest products; clean and abundant water; a continental-scale habitat corridor; and a globally important source of renewable energy and carbon storage—key factors in slowing the rate of climate change. It is an expansive landscape worthy of a vision commensurate in its ambition and reach. The Wildlands and Woodlands vision calls for...