New England's Wildlands Offer a Vital Solution to Climate Change, Biodiversity Loss, and Threats to Human
The first-ever, comprehensive study of the region's forever wild forests makes a case to accelerate their protection
Addressing the global crises of climate change, biodiversity loss, and the related threats to human health and safety requires coordinated international goals that translate into local action. The United States, which has joined the multi-national effort to conserve 30% of the Earth's land and waters by 2030 (known as 30x30), must rely on areas of the country, like New England, that have the greatest potential for land conservation.
A new study released today shows why New England, with some of the most intact temperate forest on the planet, is uniquely positioned to lead the nation's participation in this global effort while also securing the region's future. The study, Wildlands in New England: Past, Present, and Future, provides a baseline and a path forward for policy makers, landowners, conservationists, and citizens to accelerate Wildlands conservation permanently protecting the forests, wetlands, meadows and other areas from development and active management while allowing natural processes to unfold with minimal human interference.