New England forests were heavily harvested after European settlement but the forest loss had stablized in the 20th century. Harvard Forest has found that over the last 20 years, New England forests have started to shrink again due to commercial development, indutrial uses, and invasive species. Currently, only 20% of the region’s wild lands are preserved.
To avoid future loss of forest land, states should do more to encourage the redevelopment of existing urban areas like New England’s aging mill towns, [David] Foster [director of the Harvard Forest program] said.
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