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Protecting land against development is the best mechanism to protect against unfavorable changes in land use cover (e.g. creating impervious surfaces) over the long-term. Tracking the extent of permanently protected lands serves as an index to show the how well positioned the region is to guard against future changes in land use that may impact ecological resources.
Availability: PIE Frequency: Annual or as changes occur
Response Variable(s): Percent Protected Lands (fee or conservation restrictions) in watershed categorized by whether lands are designated as Core Habitat or Critical Natural Landscapes in BioMap2 (Woolsey et al. 2010)
Woolsey, H., Finton, A. & DeNormandie, J., 2010. BioMap 2: Conserving the Biodiversity of Massachusetts in a Changing World,