LTER scientists report decline in New England forest cover

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A new report by researcher from the Harvard Forest and Hubbard Brooks Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites says that after almost 200 years of natural reforestation, forest cover is declining in all six New England states.

The report, Wildlands and Woodlands: A Vision for the New England Landscape, was co-authored by Harvard’s David Foster and over 20 other scientists from across New England with expertise in forest science, policy and finance. It examines forest trends and suggests strategies for conserving 70 percent of New England as forestland for the next 50 years.