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Restoring a Forest Landscape Rather than a Parcel

American Forest Foundation

June 20, 2018

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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

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