Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Rewilding of the Northeast...and Ultrarunning

Via Discover Magazine, good news for those of us who love the backcountry: there's more of it, even here in the northeast:

Since the 19th century, forests have grown back to cover 60% of the land within this area. In New England, an astonishing 86.7% of the land that was forested in 1630 had been reforested by 2007, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Not since the collapse of Mayan civilization 1,200 years ago has reforestation on this scale happened in the Americas....

With the reforestation--today's second-growth forests now 100+ years old--the chances of seeing rare or formerly vanished critters is getting better. 

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