Family Forest Blog

Restoring a Forest Landscape Rather than a Parcel

American Forest Foundation

June 20, 2018

New England Forest Landscape-Shutterstock

Across the country, the challenges affecting forests – wildfire, invasive species, changes in climate, disease and more – go beyond individual property boundaries and are causing stress on entire forested regions.

But thanks to a dedicated funding source – the U.S. Forest Service’s Landscape Scale Restoration Program grants – these challenges are being addressed in tangible ways that are having a positive impact on the land. One such example can be seen along the border of Massachusetts and Connecticut.

The Vast Forested Landscape Across Massachusetts and Connecticut

The forests along the border of Massachusetts and Connecticut include more than 33,000 acres of forest, providing critical habitat and a large migratory corridor for wildlife and bird species of the New England region. From spring to fall, one can spot a Blue-winged Warbler, Wood thrush, Chestnut-sided Warbler and wild turkey – foraging, nesting and breeding the next generation of species.

Unfortunately, some forests in this region are experiencing stress and are simultaneously ill-equipped to provide adequate habitat now and into the future. The majority are made up trees of similar age and structure – with little complex, older forests or young forests– both of which are needed for nesting grounds and food sources for wildlife and bird species

Chestnut Sided Warbler-Shutterstock

Chestnut-Sided Warbler.

American Forest Foundation

June 20, 2018

Related Articles

August 7, 2020

Filling in the Critical Data Gaps to Support the Gopher Tortoise

AFF’s approach to engaging private and family landowners in gopher tortoise recovery is filling in the gaps and providing a more comprehensive solution to helping this candidate species for federal protection.

Read More


March 4, 2020

AFF Awarded Multi-Year Support from Dutch Biomass Certification Foundation

The American Forest Foundation (AFF) today announced it has received $1.5 million in funding from the Dutch Biomass Certification Foundation (DBC) to create with a comprehensive sustainability assurance program to help DBC expand certification among small forest owners in North America.

Read More

Dave and Dar New (WA), 2018 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year, with their kids and grandkids.

December 3, 2019

Outstanding Efforts to Restore Critical Habitat

The New family, David and Dar New, and their daughter’s family, Jennifer and Jeff Parker and their sons, are owners of the Nourse Family Tree Farm in Bellingham, Washington. The 165-acre property has been in Dar’s family for three generations.

Read More