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Press Release: "Study: Valuable Mass. Ecosystems Shrinking, Doing More with Less

Scientific Paper in The Journal of Applied Ecology: Land-use impacts on the quantity and configuration of ecosystem service provisioning in Massachusetts, USA 

Contact: Clarisse Hart, Harvard Forest Outreach Manager (978-756-6157; 


By study author Meghan Blumstein


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aerial view of the Quabbin Reservoir in early spring, with a blue sky and bright green leavesThe forest ecosystems around the Quabbin Reservoir provide clean drinking water to more than 2 million residents of metro Boston and western Massachusetts. Photo by Clarisse Hart.








aerial view of houses perforating a forested landscapeLandscapes perforated by development are less able to provide benefits to society. Photo by David Foster.








a young moose stands in a leafless forest in early springMoose habitat includes large, intact forest blocks. Photo by David Foster.









a wetland boardwalk surrounded by bright green skunk cabbageEcosystem "hotspots" provide multiple benefits to society, such as carbon sequestration, outdoor recreation, drinking water filtration, and flood regulation. Photo by David Foster.