New England Forest Policy Group

The New England Forest Policy Group was formed after the publication of the 2010 W&W Vision for the New England Landscape, when conservation and forestry groups from across New England joined in a series of strategic meetings to determine how to best work together to improve conservation policies and funding.

The New England Forest Policy Group is an informal collaborative of conservation organizations and forestry businesses working together to conserve the forested landscapes that sustain our region. New England’s forests are the backbone of our forest products and recreation economies, and provide other services of incalculable value including clean air, clean water, biodiversity protection, climate mitigation, and flood resilience. Communities across the region depend on our wooded landscapes for their health and well-being, as do the 60 million people within a day’s drive. Our forests are 85 percent privately owned, mostly in small parcels, and landowners are facing profound challenges from rising land prices, escalating development pressures, and other threats that have the potential to significantly fragment and diminish this irreplaceable landscape. Our diverse group of organizations and businesses strongly believes that programs vital to our country’s future must be sustained, including forest stewardship, conservation, and competitiveness.

To date, the New England Forest Policy Group has focused on articulating to Congressional leaders, key agencies, and the Administration the federal programs that are particularly important to New England’s future and must be fully funded, improved, and/or created to achieve the conservation we need to sustain our region’s economy, environment, and culture. Participants and signatories in Policy Group documents have ranged from 60 to 100 organizations and businesses and the number continues to grow. Please join us by emailing info@wildlandsandwoodlands.org.

Testimony to House Subcommittee on Interior Appropriations for FY 2016 (March 2015)

New England Forest Policy Group letter to the NE Congressional Delegation for FY15 (December 2014)

Testimony to Senate Subcommittee on Interior Appropriations for FY 2015 (May 2014)

Testimony to House Subcommittee on Interior Appropriations for FY 2015 (April 2014)

New England Forest Policy Group letter to the NE Congressional Delegation for FY 2014 (December 2013)

Testimony to House Subcommittee on Interior Appropriations for FY 2014 (April 2013)

Letter to Senate Subcommittee on Interior Appropriations for FY 2014 (May 2013)

A Policy Agenda for Conserving New England’s Forests: Priorities for FY 2013

A Policy Agenda for Conserving New England’s Forests: Priorities for FY 2012

W&W participates in the LWCF Coalition, a broad-based national coalition that advocates for full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund at the $900 million per year originally authorized from offshore oil revenues as a mitigation measure and permanent way to fund critical U.S. conservation.  

W&W also participates in the Eastern Forest Partnership that advocates at the federal level for the policies and funding necessary to conserve the threatened forests of the eastern U.S. against the escalating threats of development and climate change.