Report Of The Massachusetts Commission on Financing Forest Conservation

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July 2011

By: James N. Levitt, Commission Staff, and Leigh Youngblood, Commission Chair, on behalf of the Commissioners

 

The Massachusetts Legislature passed a bill, signed by Governor Deval Patrick in January 2009, which created the Massachusetts Commission on Financing Forest Conservation.  The Commission is composed of members from the Patrick Administration, the Massachusetts Legislature, the private sector, the non-profit sector, and the research/academic community. 

The Report of The Massachusetts Commission on Financing Forest Conservation is a culmination of some five years of work by a variety of groups, including a roundtable, an advisory board and a commission.  In this report we have set forth several new opportunities and imperatives that can enable citizens of the Commonwealth to advance conservation through public legislation and administrative action, the initiative of the state's remarkable aray of not-for-profit conservation organizations, universities, colleges and research institutions, and the decisions of its public-spirited private individuals and organizations. The opportunities and imperatives are arranged in four categories:

  • Aggregation as a Strategy to Finance Forest Conservation
  • Mitigation as a Strategy to Finance Forest Conservation
  • Incentives for Compact Development and Water Supply Protection as Strategies for Financing Forest Conservation
  • Rural Economic Development as a Strategy to Finance Forest Conservation

To read the entire report click here.