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Important new findings reveal promise and peril of land-use decisions A ground-breaking study by Harvard University's Harvard Forest and the Smithsonian Institution reveals that, if left unchecked, recent land development trends will undermine significant land conservation gains in Massachusetts, jeopardize water quality, and limit the natural landscape's ability to protect against climate change. The results of the study are summarized in the new report, Changes to the Land: Four Scenarios for the Future of the Massachusetts Landscape. The study used sophisticated computer models to conduct a detailed acre-by-acre analysis of four different land-use scenarios for the entire forested landscape of Massachusetts. This is the first time a study of this magnitude has been conducted for an entire state. WHO: David Foster, Director, Harvard Forest Jonathan Thompson, Senior Ecologist, Harvard Forest Kathy Fallon Lambert, Science & Policy Project Director, Harvard Forest Maeve Vallely Bartlett, Massachusetts Undersecretary for Environment NOTE: an additional conference call with the study authors for reporters unable to attend the news conference will be held at 12:00 NOON (eastern time) following the press conference. Call-in number: 1-866-890-3820 Passcode: 85875498# To RSVP for the press conference and to receive the embargoed press release and executive summary of the report with a summary of policy implications, contact: Clarisse Hart at 978-756-6157; firstname.lastname@example.org Photos and B-roll will be available as of Dec. 9 at the Changes to the Land press website.