Although 3 million of Massachusetts' 5 million acres are forested, only 1,500 acres of this land is original old-growth forest, found scattered throughout the state in small patches. Old-growth forests are extremely rare, and serve as carbon sinks as well as rich and diverse habitat. They also serve as "living laboratories" where we can learn more about forest development, tree genetics, and climate change.
Currently, old-growth forests in Massachusetts are not lawfully protected from timber cutting. Help change that by reaching out to your state legislators!