Governors Agree on Resolution to Protect New England’s Land and Natural Heritage

September 15, 2009

SAINT JOHN, New Brunswick, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following is being issued by Two Countries, One Forest:

At a meeting today of the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers held in St John, New Brunswick, the New England Governors committed to a New England wide cooperative action plan for the conservation of New England’s forests, farms and coastlines.

At a meeting that addressed climate change, energy development, transmission and the development of a green economy for New England and the Eastern Canadian Provinces, the six Governors of New England quietly signed a five point resolution on land conservation that could shape the face of New England’s landscapes for generations to come.

Alice Chamberlin, executive director of Two Countries, One Forest, praised the Governors’ new commitment to region wide conservation. “The Governors have called on a broad collaboration of governments and partners to address the most pressing threats to New England’s land resources and protect our economy and way of life that depend on those resources. If the actions the Governors are calling for are implemented, this new conservation framework will have a lasting impact on our quality of life and the environment we leave for our children.”

In their resolution signed today and accompanying report of the Governors’ Blue Ribbon Commission on Land Conservation, Governors called for a new blueprint to protect and sustain the region’s forests and farms; conserve important habitat for wildlife; develop a regional strategy to address coastal conservation for climate change adaptation; and work to connect people to the outdoors.

The initiatives proposed by the Governors call for a new England Forest Initiative to Keep Forests as Forests; a Farm and Food Security Initiative to protect the region’s agricultural base and ensure a local food supply; a Wildlife Habitat Initiative that will serve as the basis for regional cooperation for habitat connectivity; and a Coastal Initiative that addresses joint goals of coastal conservation and land acquisition for climate change adaptation and habitat protection.

The resolution also calls on New England’s Congressional Delegation and the Obama Administration to realize the important climate change mitigation and adaptation opportunities that landscape-scale conservation in New England promises.

Chamberlin called the resolution significant. “The resolution has the potential to transform land use and land protection in New England. Governors and Premiers are working to address our economic security, energy future and food supply at a regional level. They understand that we cannot accomplish these goals without cross border collaboration to protect our land based resources.”

Two Countries, One Forest is a U.S.-Canadian collaboration of conservation organizations and communities working to protect and restore the Northern Appalachian/Acadian forests while maintaining economically healthy and culturally vibrant communities.

The Northern Appalachian/Acadian ecoregion spans New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

SOURCE Two Countries, One Forest

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