My MassConn Woods: Empowering landowners to protect and manage their woodlands
Most of New England’s woods and forests are family woodlands, owned by over 200,000 private individuals, not the federal government or big corporations. Because of this, the collective decisions of these landowners will determine the future of New England’s forested landscape.
Many own small parcels and retain their property for relatively short periods of time. With each ownership transfer, the temptation to split apart land and sell for development purposes increases, as the development value of woodland frequently exceeds the value for potential forestry uses. And of course, the consequences of development usually reduce or altogether eliminate those crucial forest benefits we all enjoy.
To address this trend, the American Forest Foundation has partnered with the New England Forestry Foundation and the MassConn Sustainable Forest Partnership to provide individual forest landowners with the tools they need to make informed decisions about woodland habitat conservation and forest management. This unique partnership addresses landowner misconceptions about implementing conservation and forest management strategies, and also provides access to critical resources to facilitate the process.
This campaign reaches, engages and builds relationships among family forest owners who will determine the future of this region, from the “New England charm,” of our small towns and village greens, to the wildlife and plants that depend on the health of the region’s remaining forested landscapes.