Changes to the Land: Four Scenarios for the Future of the Massachusetts Landscape
A new study by Harvard University’s Harvard Forest and the Smithsonian Institution reveals that, if left unchecked, recent trends in the loss of forests to development will undermine significant land conservation gains in Massachusetts, jeopardize water quality, and limit the natural landscape’s ability to protect against climate change.
Read more about the study here.
Whitney Conservation Area Update (September 25, 2013)
Support from the Metacomet Land Trust helped the Upton Land Stewardship Committee raise over $15,000 to construct fencing and a parking lot at the Whitney Conservation Area. The fence and parking area have been constructed. Thank you to all who contributed! Learn more about the Whitney project here.
The Benefits of Open Space
A new report, "The Return on Investment in Parks and Open Space in Massachusetts" authored by the Trust for Public Land, has been released.
Highlights from the report:
- For every $1 invested in land conservation, $4 in natural goods and services is returned to the Massachusetts economy.
- Visitors to Massachusetts spend an estimated $16.9 billion each year and generate $1.1 billion in state and local taxes. The total economic impact of this travel is $26.9 billion. Tourism supports nearly 125,000 jobs, which provides $3.63 billion in wages per year.
- Outdoor recreation generates $10 billion in consumer spending, $739 million in state and local tax revenue, 90,000 jobs, and $3.5 billion in wages and salaries each year in the state.
- Agriculture, forestry, commercial fishing, and related processing activity are responsible for $13 billion in output, and 147,000 jobs in Massachusetts.
To view the report, click here.
Mendon Property Preserved by a Conservation Restriction (November 30, 2012)
Metacomet Land Trust is pleased to announce the protection of 14.3 acres in Mendon thanks to the granting of a Conservation Restriction by Shirley Smith. The Mendon Open Space Plan identifies the property as priority for conservation and it lies within a larger corridor of approximately 1,000 acres of private and public undeveloped land. The protected property inlcudes 900 ft. of frontage on the Mill River, riparian wetlands, and wooded uplands.
Read more about why Ms. Smith preserved her land here.
To learn more about Metacomet activites during the past year see our 2012 Annual Report.
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