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May 25, 2010

Report: New England’s Forests Declining

05/19/2010 11:09 AM ET

The Northeast’s vast forests are declining. That’s the conclusion of new report being released today by a Harvard University laboratory, co-authored by University of Maine forest policy professor Robert Lilieholm.

The study, put out by Harvard’s ecological lab known as the Harvard Forest, indicates that after 200 years of recovering from the land-clearing by European settlers, the forest that spans six New England states is now declining.

The study, titled “Wildlands and Woodlands: A Vision for the New England Landscape,” attributes the decline to development, climate change, invasive species, poor forestry practices and other issues.

The report recommends that 70 percent of the region’s 33 million acres of forest be preserved through conservation easements and other methods.  The forests included in the study span Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

[Now I’m wondering whether Dex sold his land in Maine or was lucky enough to lose it in the divorce?  See the full report at http://www.wildlandsandwoodlands.org/ ]

— Margadant

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Dex westrum permalink
    June 8, 2010 11:20 am

    I still have the land. The taxes have gone up tenfold so I’m thinking it might be worth something. Anyway, barring unforeseen events, it will become Clayton’s problem. Of course you could be the messenger of an unforeseen event.

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