Read the Wild Lands in New England Report

The Wildlands in New England study is the first of its kind in the United States, mapping and characterizing all permanently conserved lands in one region that are managed to be forever wild. The report addresses three main questions: the location of the Wildlands in New England, their characteristics, and their current protection status. The research was conducted by various organizations in collaboration with conservation organizations and government agencies.

The report highlights the importance of Wildlands in addressing climate change, biodiversity loss, and threats to human health and safety. Despite 81% of New England being forested, only 3.3% of the region is considered Wildlands. This makes New England well-suited to lead national efforts in the global conservation initiative known as 30×30 while ensuring the region’s future.

The report is intended for use by policymakers, public and private funders, land trusts, conservation organizations, landowners, and citizens. It provides valuable context, data, information, and recommendations to guide land protection decisions at the local, state, and regional levels.

You can read the full report here.