Connecticut Forests Thrive Despite Pests, DevelopmentBY STEVE GRANT, Special to The Courant The Hartford Courant, October 5, 2013Photos of David R. Foster and Quabbin Valley do not appear in original article.It is the paradox of Connecticut forests.
An inspiring editorial by The Hartford Courant endorses the Wildlands and Woodlands vision to conserve 70% of Connecticut as forest. Our forests safeguard clean air and water, shelter numerous species, and enhance recreation for residents and visitors alike. The Courant’s recognition of the imperative need to conserve our forests underscores the valuable conservation work done by W&W and countless partners throughout the region.
The W&W e-news celebrates New England’s forests and natural landscapes and the commitment of people across the region to conserve them. The October issue features an invitation to the annual Regional Conservation Partnership (RCP) Gathering, several innovative reports released by W&W collaborators, and awards received by New England conservation groups.
A Harvard Forest-Smithsonianstudy released on September 4th used a 9-state analysis to examine Northeastern forests from pre-colonial to modern day. The researchers—Jonathan R. Thompson, Dunbar N. Carpenter, Charles V. Cogbill, and David R.
According to a report released in early September by the Trust for Public Land, every dollar Massachusetts spends on land conservation returns four dollars in goods and services for the state and its inhabitants.
According to a recent Boston Globe article, a “wilderness comeback is underway across New England, one that has happened so incrementally that it’s easy to miss.” New England’s distinction as America’s most forested region inspires W&W’s continuing efforts to sustain the forested and natural landscapes that in turn sustain us. “The forest recovery is especially breathtaking.