It is well-known and generally accepted that all undeveloped land in New England cannot forever be protected from development; nor would this be a desirable goal, as continued economic development and population growth are near certainties. For these and other reasons, private land trusts and government agencies generally use explicit criteria to prioritize their land acquisition activities and prospects.
New England Environmental Finance Center, "Smart Growth and Land Acquisition Priorities: A Cursory Review" (2003). Smart Growth. 1.
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