Changes to the Land: Four Scenarios for the Future of the Massachusetts Landscape
Press Release: "Harvard Study Shows Sprawl Threatens Water Quality, Climate Protection, and Land Conservation Gains in Massachusetts"
Media Advisory for Dec. 11 news conference
Media Advisory for Dec. 12 Western Mass. news conference
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 10:30 a.m.
Malkin Penthouse - Littauer Building, 4th floor
Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Cambridge, Mass. (directions)
Conference Call Q&A with Authors (for press)
Western MA News Conference
Photos, Maps, & B-Roll
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The study's Forests as Infrastructure landscape scenario maps a future in which policies, markets, state and local planning, and incentives focus on increasing the commonwealth's "living infrastructure," with more targeted conservation, smart growth development, and improvement forestry. This scenario scored best for 7 out of 9 nature-based benefits to the commonwealth. In the full report, town insets like this one help to visualize landscape change. Maps by O2 Planning + Design.
Each landscape scenario in the Changes to the Land report harvests a different amount of wood using a range of forestry practices. The Forests as Infrastructure scenario shows that it is possible to harvest twice as much wood while maintaining nearly the same amount of carbon stored in living trees, due to the widespread adoption of "improvement" forestry. Maps by O2 Planning + Design.
Results from the Changes to the Land report show how increased water runoff contributes to stormwater and flooding risks across the 4 land-use scenarios. Download the full report to view the results in context. Maps by O2 Planning + Design.
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