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As Massachusetts ecosystems shrink, hard-working "hotspots" emerge

forest

Ecosystem "hotspots" provide many benefits to society, including recreation and drinking water.

Credit: David Foster


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Forests around Quabbin Reservoir in Massachusetts

Forests around Quabbin Reservoir in Massachusetts provide drinking water for metropolitan Boston.

Credit: Clarisse Hart


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a moose behind trees

Large, intact blocks of forest offer good habitat for moose and other species.

Credit: David Foster


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Ecosystem services recently increased in some areas due to the rapid growth of intact forests.

Credit: David Foster


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Development in Massachusetts surrounded by forest

Development in Massachusetts increased by more than 6 percent from 2001 to 2011.

Credit: David Foster


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houses and roads surrounded by forest

Landscapes perforated by development are less able to provide benefits to society.

Credit: David Foster


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