Land Use and Land Conservation in New England: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities
Date of Award
Community Planning and Development
Land use, land conservation, New England, Muskie School of Public Service
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.
Loomis, Amanda; Devine, Tom; Small, Andrea; Howard, Brittany; Richardson, Brett; and Dulac, Stephanie, "Land Use and Land Conservation in New England: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities" (2009). Muskie School Capstones. 16.