Conservation Institute Program - Western Massachusetts Assessment

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Western Massachusetts Assessment

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Western Massachussetts Landscape 

Western Massachusetts: Assessing the Conservation Opportunity (Download Document) 

The study, Western Massachusetts: Assessing the Conservation Opportunity, served as reconnaissance for OSI’s $4 million loan fund, which is available for land trusts in western Massachusetts. The report identified the need to accelerate the protection of New England’s most vital working forests and farmland, which are increasingly threatened by residential and commercial development and the fluctuations of state support for land conservation. 

The study of the 2.8 million-acre region, stretching from Worcester, Massachusetts to the New York State border, found that only 23% of western Massachusetts is under some form of permanent conservation, leaving critical natural resources and natural resource economies at risk. Soon after the report announced the need to accelerate protection of working landscapes, the Harvard Forest published findings in their Wildlands and Woodlands report that emphasize the need to partner with private forest landowners to assure the future of Massachusetts’ forest sectors.

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