Title

Land Use and Land Conservation in New England: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities

Date of Award

5-2009

Document Type

Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Community Planning

Department

Community Planning and Development

First Advisor

Richard Barringer

Keywords

Land use, land conservation, New England

Abstract

Sprawling development patterns accelerated across the New England landscape in the last three decades and consumed the region‘s forests, farms, and open spaces at an unprecedented rate. New England‘ers in all six states formed land trusts, supported statewide conservation organizations, and collaborated with state and federal partners to protect some of their most-prized recreation lands, wildlife habitats, and working lands. The current economic recession has slowed development pressures across the region and offers an opportunity to build on recent successes. The time is right to plan a coordinated New England conservation strategy that protects and links the region‘s natural assets.

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