How many New England cottontails are there, and how much habitat has been made for them?

Biologists estimate that around 16,690 New England cottontails exist across the species’ range as of 2016. Of these, about 10,500 live in priority focus areas for the species’ restoration, which means the New England cottontail restoration effort is about three-quarters of the way to achieving its goal of having 13,500 cottontails in those focus areas by the year 2030. More than 18,000 acres of suitable young forest and shrubland habitat now exist or will soon be created in focus areas, bringing the restoration effort within range of the 2030 goal of 27,000 acres of top-quality habitat in the focus areas, as stated in the Conservation Strategy.