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October 2007

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Monday, October 1, 2007

New Large-scale Experiment at the Harvard Forest: Early Successional Habitat Dynamics in Former Plantations

The Harvard Forest plans to harvest about 100 acres of mature plantation forests in Winter 2007-2008 in order to terminate these Clearcut 16along term experiments, regenerate a diversity of native tree species, restore native forests to these sites, and initiate a new suite of long term experiments. For the next 10-15 years, the harvested areas will provide early successional habitat for a variety of wildlife species.

Monday, October 1, 2007

New Harvard Forest Publications

The analysis of stomata in lake-sediment cores is increasingly used as a paleoecological tool. Stomata are less likely than pollen grains to be dispersed over long distances, and thus stomate records supplement and enhance interpretations based on pollen data by providing information about patterns and composition of local vegetation. We have conducted the first study of this type in New England, analyzing conifer stomata in the late-glacial and early-Holocene sediments of Berry Pond, Massachusetts.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Fall Foliage - 2007

The photographs below show foliage color at the end of September in 2005, 2006, and 2007 at the edge of the pasture adjacent to the headquarters of the Harvard Forest. The following presentation shows the progression of foliage from 2005 thru 2007.