New Paper: Conservationists Make the Case for Wildland Protection


In a recently published perspective article in the scientific journal Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, scientists call for the protection of more wildland reserves.

Since its inception, the Wildlands and Woodlands vision has called for the protection of 7% of New England as wildland reserves shaped by natural processes.

A new paper by Wildlands and Woodlands report author Ed Faison and his colleagues William Moomaw of Tufts University and Susan Masino of Trinity College makes the case for setting aside more wildland reserves to allow existing forests to continue to grow.

Published in Frontiers in Forests and Global Change in June, the paper argues that this process of allowing existing forests to grow, termed proforestation, is often overlooked in the climate literature as a solution to elevated atmospheric CO2. Additionally, proforestation provides underrepresented habitat structures for a host of forest organisms, and offers remarkable destinations of solitude and inspiration for people.

Read the full paper here