Vision for Massachusetts

In 2005, the first Wildlands and Woodlands vision recommended protecting 50 percent of Massachusetts (2.5 million acres) in forest.


The Massachusetts vision called for the permanent protection of:

  • 2.25 million acres of Woodlands, mostly privately owned and managed for multiple goods and services
  • 250,000 acres of Wildland reserves, mostly publicly owned and allowed to grow naturally

Since the publication of the Massachusetts Wildlands and Woodlands report, a growing number of partners of more than 60 conservation organizations, private sector representatives, Woodland Councils, state agencies, and other collaborations of like-minded individuals has been working to achieve the vision in Massachusetts and elsewhere in New England, using the strategies that work best in their communities.