July 2016: Watershed Watch

New Research Brief 
Forests in Flux: The Effects of Demographic Change on Forest Cover in New England & New York
By Carsey School of Public PolicyThe New England states and New York are more than 50 percent forested, a rate well above the national average. Economies in this heavily forested region have historically relied on forest-based industries, and human population has clustered along coastal regions and major waterways, though recent trends suggest widespread in-migration to amenity-rich rural areas. Over the last decade, all states in this region have experienced notable declines in forest cover. In urban and suburban areas like southern New Hampshire, this loss of forest cover is likely related to increased demand for housing and services…Read the full brief HERE.

Annual Report
NH Charitable Foundation Features Great Bay 2020 in Annual Report & Blog
By NH Charitable FoundationGreat Bay 2020  a five-year vision for investment and action to protect water quality in Great Bay estuary and its watershed was featured on the cover of the NH Charitable Foundation’s Annual Report and their Blog. Great Bay 2020 is a collaborative effort amongst PREP, Conservation Law Foundation, Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, NH Department of Environmental Services, The Nature Conservancy and UNH and seeks to help collaborate and increase collective impact, and it provides an opportunity for philanthropists to understand where their investments can effect the greatest change.Read the NHCF Annual Report HERE.
Read the NHCF Blog Post HERE.
Read more about Great Bay 2020 HERE.

PREP is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuary Program, a joint program between local, state and federal agencies established under the Clean Water Act with the goal of protecting and enhancing nationally significant estuarine resources. PREP is supported in part by an EPA matching grant and is housed within the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering at the University of New Hampshire.