How to Protect and Grow Forestland in New England

Looking for ways to foster more conservation of New England forestland, forty people representing eighty-five groups and organizations in the Wildlands and Woodlands Partnership met Monday, March 5, at Antioch University New England (AUNE).

The focus for this meeting was policy, and attendees heard presentations on what the federal government plans for New England forestland during the next fiscal year.

The meeting was sponsored by the Monadnock Ecological Research and Education (MERE) project in AUNE’s Department of Environmental Studies. “What’s exciting for AUNE is that many of the people are interested in involving universities,” said Jill Weiss, project coordinator for MERE and a PhD student in environmental studies at AUNE.

The goal of the informal partnership, formed two years ago, is to bring together people and organizations of all sizes to increase conservation designations for landscapes. A conservation plan for forested New England, drawn up by the partnership, is expected to be presented in Washington, D.C., this week.