Forests dominate the landscape in the Northeast, blanketing nearly 50 million acres from New York to Maine. Embedded within this area are a rich variety of upland and wetland habitats that support much of the region's biodiversity. Forests sustain people, and countless recreational opportunities.
However, this iconic landscape is threatened by fragmentation, development, climate change, and a growing array of introduced pests, pathogens, and invasive species. To understand the impacts of these and other stressers, VCE gathers baseline information and monitors ecological change over time.