87 Groups Deliver Testimony on Behalf of New England’s Forests

In a testimony given in May to a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee, 87 conservation, forestry, and recreation organizations urged lawmakers to invest in the health of New England’s forests. The organizations and businesses, joining together in the informal collaborative, the New England Forest Policy Group, requested full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at $900 million and called for robust funding for a number programs particularly vital for the long-term health of our region’s natural resources and human communities.

President’s Budget Makes Historic Investment in Land and Water Conservation

The President’s Budget for FY 2015 was released March 4 with excellent news for conservation – full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which has funded critical land and water conservation projects for the past 50 years in New England and across the country.  The LWCF has been chronically shortchanged by Congressional budgets even though the program is authorized at $900 million per year from offshore oil and gas drilling revenues, not taxpayer dollars.

Fighting for Federal Land Conservation Funding

In a time of dwindling federal budgets and ongoing Congressional paralysis, it is more important than ever for New England groups to work together to make sure conservation dollars continue to flow to our region. In December, more than 50 conservation groups and forestry businesses wrote to the New England Congressional Delegation with specific budget recommendations for the most critical conservation programs that protect our irreplaceable lands and waters.

VIDEO - Gary Tabor presents RCP Network Gathering Keynote Address

In the first keynote presentation at a Regional Conservation Partnership (RCP) Network Gathering, Dr. Gary Tabor of the Center for Large Landscape Conservation encouraged practitioners to stay ahead of conservation challenges. The noted champion of large-scale landscape conservation emphasized the evolving role of and need for conservation across boundaries, grounding his talk in the work of initiatives like Wildlands and Woodlands.

Changes to the Land: Four Scenarios for the Future of the Massachusetts Landscape

In 2013, W&W Partner Harvard Forest and the Smithsonian Institution have released a groundbreaking study called Changes to the Land: Four Scenarios for the Future of the Massachusetts Landscape indicating that recent trends in Massachusetts forest loss, if they continue on their present course, will undermine previous conservation gains, harm water quality, and limit landscape protection against climate change. 

Harvard study urges Massachusetts to embrace 'forests as infrastructure'

Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter
Climate Wire, December 11, 2013


A new Harvard study urges Massachusetts to optimize its forests’ ability to store carbon and maintain water quality as part of its future climate adaptation and mitigation goals.

Additionally, the study’s authors modeled a scenario where these goals could be met while still increasing the amount of timber harvesting taking place on the state’s 3 million acres of forested land.


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