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Report: Connecticut Forests Healthy Now, But Need To Be Maintained

Connecticut’s forests are healthy, but still face threats — especially from invasive species. That’s according to a new report from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Overall, Connecticut looks pretty green — the state has the most urban tree cover in the nation. Sixty percent of land in Connecticut is forest, mostly oaks and maples. And the report says that’s remarkable, considering the state’s population density. There are two people for every acre of forest in Connecticut.

Invasive insects like the gypsy moth and the emerald ash borer have already changed the state’s environmental landscape — and the report says they’re still cause for concern. Weather and increasing development are other potential threats.

It says the state’s goal for the next 10 years should be no net forest loss — in other words, to keep the trees standing.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.