New England landscape in fall
Scientists wearing hard hats walking in the forest

New England Landscape Futures


Forest Pests and Pathogens

Scientists, business owners, government officials, landowners and non-profit representatives are developing four scenarios to anticipate future changes to the New England landscape.



Imported forest pests are the most pressing, and under-appreciated, forest health issue in the US today. Common-sense prevention measures can reduce the arrival and establishment of new forest pests.


People running in forests


Wildlands and Woodlands



A New England conservation vision to preserve our forests for people, nature, and future generations.





  • Science Policy Exchange Report
    More than 100 scientists, business owners, government officials, landowners and non-profit representatives collaborated to develop four scenarios describing possible trends and impacts of future landscape change in New England. 
  • In the News: Washington Post
    The US is subject to the introduction of 2.5 new invasive insects into its forests ever year, according to a comprehensive new analysis of this problem, in the journal Ecological Applications, by Gary Lovett of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and a group of 15 colleagues from Harvard, the US Department of Agriculture, and numerous other institutions.
  • Media Advisory: Science Policy Exchange
    A press webinar and teleconference will be held on May 10, 2016 with lead authors of new study, 'Non-Native Forest Insects and Pathogens in the US: Impacts and Policy Options,' to be published online today in the journal Ecological Applications.
  • Poughkeepsie Journal

    Forest Pests and Pathogens Project featured in the Poughkeepsie Journal:

    "We've assembled a team of ecologists, entomologists, economists and policy experts," said Gary Lovett, a forest ecologist at the Cary Institute and a co-leader of the project....