85 groups urge Congress to champion New England forest conservation in FY13

A new set of conservation-based policy recommendations—collaboratively written and endorsed by 85 organizations across New England—is on its way to Washington in time for discussions of the Fiscal Year 2013 Congressional budget.

The report is the newest product of the New England Forest Policy Group, which is convened with ongoing leadership by Highstead. The group released its first Policy Agenda in September 2011.

Download the new report as a .pdf: A Policy Agenda for Conserving New England’s Forests: Priorities for 2013

A subgroup of the 85 endorsers will visit Washington this spring to build further Congressional support for forest conservation funding. The group also plans to reach out to additional stakeholders and the media to advocate for forest conservation as a vital economic and ecological priority for the region.

The Policy Agenda urges leaders to adopt seven key actions in FY13 to protect New England’s forests:

  1. Fund working forest conservation.
  2. Conserve large New England landscapes.
  3. Connect forests and communities.
  4. Protect special places.
  5. Provide incentives for forest landowners and forest businesses.
  6. Develop sustainable community-scale thermal biomass energy.
  7. Protect fisheries and wildlife and mitigate climate change.

Read state-by-state press releases and quotes from conservation leaders:

Questions? Interested in getting involved with FY14 planning? Email info@wildlandsandwoodlands.org