Taking on Risky Issues as a Group and Working with Partners: the Northern Forest Lands Collaboration

Although the northern forests of New England and New York comprise the largest remaining expanse of wild and undeveloped lands in the eastern United States, it wasn’t until the late 1980s that they received significant attention. Threats to the region-including several proposed land sales that put large tracts of land into the hands of developers and foreign timber companies-raised concerns about the viability of the local environment and traditional forest-based economy.