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Abstract

For fifteen years a wide range of both public and private organizations have worked to address rapid changes in land ownership, economic, community, and cultural patterns in the Northern Forest region of northern New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Over the past six years, the Northern Forest Center has conducted extensive research and interviews, and convened a series of regional conferences including the 2002 Northern Forest Community Leadership Exchange designed to build understanding of an emerging vision and strategic framework far the region's long-term well-being. This new framework incorporates community, cultural, economic, educational, and environmental needs and opportunities, and builds on the premise that only through active partnerships that cross geographic and sectoral boundaries can the region secure a truly prosperous and sustainable future.

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