New England

Forests are a prominent feature of the landscape across the six New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont) and northern New York. Stretching from the coast of the Atlantic Ocean to the peaks of the Appalachian Mountains, this region contains more than 50 million acres of land, of which 40 million acres are forest. Increasingly, the effects of a changing climate are altering the forests of the Northeast, and many of these impacts are projected to continue and intensify in the future.

Understanding and managing the impacts of climate change on the diverse New England forests and natural communities will help us maintain their many environmental, cultural, and economic benefits. 

To meet the challenges brought about by climate change, a team of public land management agencies, conservation organizations, private woodland owners, and others have come together to accomplish three objectives:

  1. Provide a forum for people interested in this issue to effectively and efficiently share experiences and lessons learned.
  2. Develop user-friendly tools to help public and private land managers factor climate change considerations into decision making.
  3. Support efforts by public land managers, private landowners, and others to implement adaptive responses to climate change impacts.

You can learn more about the activities of the New England Climate Change Response Framework project by using the menu above to explore our work in the region. 

Please contact Maria Janowiak to learn more about this effort.