History of Wildlife Conservation and Recovery in Massachusetts
Published on May 10, 2014 by Eileen Samberg
The 2014 Annual Meeting of SOLF featured a presentation by Dr. Thomas French from Massachusetts Fish and Widlife on the History of Wildlife Conservation and Recovery in Massachusetts. In this presentation, Dr. French discussed the overabundance of wildlife encountered by our earliest settlers to the subsequent endangerment of many species because of the loss of woodlands due to land clearing for farming and over hunting in the 18th and 19th centuries. He also discussed recent and projected changes to the suburban wildlife of our region, including the increased sightings of bear and moose. Dr. French has graciously shared his presentation with us and you can download it here as a pdf file (7.3 mb).