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New England Landscape Futures

Develop and map land use scenarios for New England from 2010-2060 using a participatory co-design process with stakeholders and scientists.

The future of New England’s landscape, which is mostly forested and owned by thousands of private land owners, is uncertain due to development pressure, changing forest management practices, and climate change. The New England Landscape Futures Project co-designed four land-use scenarios with more than 200 stakeholders that differ from a business-as-usual future, and simulated each scenario’s land-use from 2010 through 2060. Major themes of the scenarios include settlement patterns, energy use, land protection, and timber harvesting practices. The scenario maps can be used for ecosystem services research and public engagement, and are available in a publicly accessible web tool.

Project facts

United States

New England


Submitted by:

Jonathan Thompson

Project leader

27 oktober 2020

How to cite this page:

Jonathan Thompson

New England Landscape Futures


McBride, M. F., K. F. Lambert, E. S. Huff, K. A. Theoharides, P. Field, and J. R. Thompson. 2017. Increasing the effectiveness of participatory scenario development through codesign. Ecology and Society 22(3):16. doi:10.5751/ES-09386-220316.

Lambert, K. F., M. F. McBride, M. Weiss, J. R. Thompson, K. A. Theoharides, and P. Field. 2018. Voices from the Land: Listening to New Englanders’ Views of the Future. Harvard Forest, Harvard University and the Science Policy Exchange. 24 pp.

Thompson, J.R., J.S. Plisinski, K.F. Lambert, M.J. Duveneck, L. Morreale, M.F. McBride, M.G. MacLean, M. Weiss, and L. Lee. 2020. Spatial simulation of co-designed land-cover change scenarios for New England: Alternative futures and their consequences for conservation priorities. Earth's Future 8(7): e2019EF001348 . DOI: 10.1101/722496.

Project images


Connected Communities by Rick Powell. In: Lambert et al 2018 Voices from the Land


David R. Foster


Growing Global by Rick Powell. In: Lambert et al 2018 Voices from the Land



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