Seven land trusts have teamed up with the New England Forestry Foundation to help 72 family forest landowners protect 10,400 acres in Western Massachusetts.
Instead of protecting one parcel at a time, land trusts are aggregating many of their own projects with others’. Individual projects protect large areas of forest and sustain the clean air, clean water, and climate mitigation services they provide. Grouping projects together brings about economies of scale and attracts funding from outside the region that are not available to single forest conservation projects. This pilot represents the first phase of the Wildlands and Woodlands Conservation Project.