[CT Birds] Yale report on private CT forest land

Arthur Shippee ashippee at snet.net
Sun Jul 19 20:36:44 EDT 2015

Of interest to us in many ways.


Private Owners, Land Stewardship,
And the Future of Connecticut’s Forests

Connecticut is one of the nation’s most densely populated states. So it might be surprising to some that it’s also one of the most densely forested states in the U.S., with more than 60 percent of the total land covered in woodlands. 
But the long-term health of those forests — and the important benefits they provide — is far from assured. About half of the 1.8 million acres of Connecticut woodland is owned by individual families, and the decisions those owners make when it comes to managing these lands will determine the size and vitality of the state’s forests for decades to come.

A new Yale-led study provides important new insights into the attitudes, objectives, and behaviors of these landowners, findings that will help conservation and forestry professionals to more strategically communicate with forest owners about stewardship and develop programs that meet their needs.

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