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Is Residential And Commercial Development Jeopardizing Mass. Forests?07:41
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A new-growth black cherry tree sprouts up in a stand of birch trees on protected conservation land in Weston, Mass in 2010. (Charles Krupa/AP)
A new-growth black cherry tree sprouts up in a stand of birch trees on protected conservation land in Weston, Mass in 2010. (Charles Krupa/AP)
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With the wonderful summer weather finally here, it's high time to get out and enjoy Massachusetts' wild and natural spaces. But a new report out Monday from the Massachusetts Audubon Society finds that, within the past eight years, 13 acres of forest have been converted into residential or commercial developments per day.

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Henry Tepper, president of the Massachusetts Audubon Society, which tweets @MassAudubon.

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The Boston Globe: Development Encroaching On Mass. Lands At Fast Pace

  • "The steady spread of housing, roads, and other development has left 22 percent of the Commonwealth’s land covered by asphalt, concrete, or other impermeable materials — up from 14 percent in 1981 — hampering wildlife habitats and exacerbating the challenges of climate change."

This article was originally published on June 30, 2014.

This segment aired on June 30, 2014.

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