|Not much. Between 250 and 300 ha of old growth forest has been identified in Massachusetts (DEM, 1992).|
However, many forests in the state are getting close to old growth age. Forests that were abandoned in the mid-1800s, and have not been cut since, are now about 150 years old. In the next 50-100 years, these forests should begin attaining old growth characteristics, such as old trees, dead wood, snags and so on.
The figure below shows you just how little 0.05% of the state's forests really is.
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