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Why is this so important?
Forests are the most biodiverse land-based ecosystem. Connections and corridors are needed to prevent extinction.
Natural forest ecosystems, core forests and migration corridors best protect the full range of forest-based diversity. Regional strategic plans for water and land are needed urgently.
Old-growth forests are not uniformly old – they contain trees of all ages, are the rarest habitat type, and need maximal protection. The mission of the Old Growth Forest Network is a network of protected, old-growth, native forests where people of all generations can experience biodiversity and the beauty of nature.
Existing forests under natural stewardship (proforestation) can transition to old growth and maximize ecosystem services now and long in the future. We are still discovering new species – even in heavily populated areas like Southern New England!
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