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My project considers conservation easement distribution across New England. I answer the questions: Are conservation easements clumped in each of the New England states? How do conservation easements generally differ between states in terms of size and number? Where are conservation easements located in relation to areas of various population densities? I examine clumping of conservation easements by state using a Monte Carlo simulation. Results suggest that easements are significantly clumped in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. There is no data for Connecticut. As far as size of easements is concerned, the average easement tract size is much larger for Maine than for the other states. Massachusetts and Rhode Island have many small easements scattered across more populated landscapes. Further research could be conducted to analyze the ecological implications of easement clumping and to try to isolate the factors causing this clumping.

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