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Ecological Reserves

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (EOEA), with research help from The Nature Conservancy, is proposing to designate eight large tracts of state-owned lands, totaling 52,000 acres, as ecological reserves. The reserves are part of a larger effort to achieve "green certification" for the lands under the Forest Stewardship Council, which would require the state to 1) develop and implement sustainable forestry management plans for those places where logging is practiced and 2) create ecological reserves on state lands that are set aside from logging and managed for mature forest habitat. Existing recreational activities would continue on the reserves, but new motorized recreation and logging would not.

AMC's conservation website contains more information on potential reserves, or visit EOEA's Forest Management website to find out more about the proposal.

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