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Conservation Study in North Quabbin Region of Central Massachusetts 1900-1993

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  • HF042-01: zip file contains North Quabbin GIS (Idrisi binary raster and vector files)


  • Lead: David Foster, Glenn Motzkin
  • Investigators: Alisa Golodetz, Brian Hall, David Kittredge, Nicholas Malizia
  • Contact: Information Manager
  • Start date: 1900
  • End date: 1993
  • Status: completed
  • Location: Central Massachusetts
  • Latitude: +42.0 to +42.7
  • Longitude: -72.8 to -71.8
  • Elevation:
  • Taxa:
  • Release date: 2009
  • Revisions:
  • EML file: knb-lter-hfr.42.15
  • DOI: digital object identifier
  • EDI: data package
  • DataONE: data package
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  • Study type: historical
  • Research topic: conservation and management; historical and retrospective studies; regional studies
  • LTER core area: disturbance
  • Keywords: conservation, land use, management
  • Abstract:

    This study investigated the history of land protection in north central Massachusetts. For details on methods and results, please see the published paper (Golodetz, A.D. and D.R. Foster. 1997. History and importance of land use and protection in the North Quabbin region of Massachusetts (USA). Conservation Biology 11:227-235). The Abstract from the paper is reproduced below:

    "Evaluating the consequences and future of land protection requires broad temporal and spatial perspectives of ecological and cultural factors. We assessed the development of a system of protected areas comprising 37% of central Massachusetts in terms of changing rates and means of land protection. We compared protected areas to the surrounding matrix in terms of physical, biological, and historical features and used these results to raise issues concerning future planning. The rate, purpose, and means of land protection in the North Quabbin Region (168,312 ha) have been dynamic as a result of changes in cultural values and transformation of the landscape from predominantly agriculture to forest. Protected lands are managed by 25 federal and state agencies, private groups, and municipal departments and commissions and are physically and biologically typical of the regional landscape which results from (1) participation of diverse organizations with varied agendas; (2) predominance of large government acquisitions driven by landscape-scale criteria; and (3) absence of coordination among groups. The large area, relative homogeneity and largely undeveloped status of the North Quabbin Region suggest conservation goals distinct from those in the fragmented and extensively developed neighboring areas of the Connecticut River Valley and Cape Cod and Islands Region. Large tracts of forests, wetlands, and lakes in the North Quabbin Region provide (1) habitat for species requiring extensive, intact areas; (2) the opportunity to maintain broad-scale ecological processes; (3) connections to the regional conservation areas; and (4) recreation. To realize the area's potential, a comprehensive plan must be based on a broad-scale perspective and historical understanding of the landscape."

  • Methods:

    GIS Data

    All data files are in Idrisi format, Massachusetts State Plane (feet), NAD1927, and describe either the smaller 18-town study area or the larger 36-town study area.

    Raster Files:

    ELEV = elevation in meters above sea level (36-town)

    ATEMP = interpolated mean air temperature in degrees celsius (36-town)

    AQ1929 = protected open space parcels acquired 1920-1929 (18-town)

    AQ1949 = protected open space parcels acquired 1930-1949 (18-town)

    AQ1979 = protected open space parcels acquired 1950-1979 (18-town)

    AQ1993 = protected open space parcels acquired 1980-1993 (18-town)

    MGMT = management intensity levels (18-town)

    Vector Files:

    TOWN18 = town boundaries (18-town)

    TOWN36 = town boundaries (36-town)

  • Use:

    This dataset is released to the public under Creative Commons CC0 1.0 (No Rights Reserved). Please keep the dataset creators informed of any plans to use the dataset. Consultation with the original investigators is strongly encouraged. Publications and data products that make use of the dataset should include proper acknowledgement.

  • Citation:

    Foster D, Motzkin G. 2009. Conservation Study in North Quabbin Region of Central Massachusetts 1900-1993. Harvard Forest Data Archive: HF042 (v.15). Environmental Data Initiative:

Detailed Metadata

HF042-01: zip file contains North Quabbin GIS (Idrisi binary raster and vector files)

  • Compression: zip
  • Format: Idrisi raster
  • Type: raster GIS