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UMass Extension Research Project

The UMass Amherst Extension research team received a McIntire-Stennis Capacity Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study the resources used by Massachusetts organizations to assist with forest conservation decision making. The project ran 2019-2022.

The project targeted information sources, mapping products and other tools (resources) that had been developed to support decision making for forest protection (permanent land conservation) and forest stewardship (land management) in a climate adaptation context.

The study aimed to understand how these resources were used (or not used) by forest conservation practitioners. We expected that our work would help inform future resource design and outreach, and ultimately improve the prospects for our forests. We are happy to have developed this Land Conservation Tools website, and the two tool comparison summary products.

Please find below several summaries associated with this research:

  • An overall project summary (coming soon)
  • The original survey of practitioners
    We conducted a survey to better understand how these land conservation tools are used by Massachusetts forest conservation practitioners. An overview of the survey and its findings is presented here.

  • Focus groups with original survey participants
    We conducted focus groups to expand upon our original survey results and further our understanding of how these land conservation tools are used by Massachusetts forest conservation practitioners. An overview of the focus groups and their findings is presented here.
  • Follow up surveys with original survey participants (coming soon)

Thanks for your interest in our work.

Scott Jackson, Extension Professor

Melissa Ocana, Climate Adaptation Coordinator

Ezra Markowitz, Assistant Professor

Lee Halasz, Master’s student

Andrea Mah, PhD student

Nisch Neupane, Master’s student

Brendan Clark, and other UMass Amherst undergraduate students