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Report Documents the Value of Nature’s Assets

The sixth edition of Mass Audubon’s report series, Losing Ground: Nature’s Value in a Changing Climate comes at a time when the value of forests, farmlands, and wetlands for climate resilience is becoming increasingly important.

The Losing Ground report series analyzes Massachusetts land use patterns every five years. This edition, which focuses on 2012–2017, includes interactive maps and local data. It presents a new statewide Green Infrastructure Network map based on work of the Resilient Taunton Watershed Network and information about ecosystem services values from a SNEP project in the Narragansett Bay Watershed.  

Mass Audubon’s Heidi Ricci is leading the SNEP Network’s efforts to increase the use of Low Impact Development methods and recognize the value of using both green infrastructure (e.g. bioswales) approaches and already functioning natural infrastructure (e.g., forest) to manage stormwater. The benefits to communities—including improved habitat, reduced infrastructure and maintenance costs, and open spaces available for recreation—will provide opportunity for SNEP communities in Rhode Island and Massachusetts who are eager for using green investments for improved stormwater and watershed management that benefits people and nature.

Explore the report here:  http://www.massaudubon.org/losingground.