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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

New Harvard Forest Publication: The Effect of Logging in Western Massachusetts

Forest harvesting is one of the most significant disturbances affecting forest plant composition and structure in eastern North American forests, yet few studies have quantified the landscape-scale effects of widespread, low-intensity harvests by non-industrial private forest owners. Using spatially explicit data on all harvests over the last 20 years, we sampled the vegetation at 126 sites throughout central and western Massachusetts, one-third of which had not been harvested, and two-thirds of which had been harvested once since 1984.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Harvard Forest Schoolyard Program Featured in the News

Greenfield Schoolyard HWA

HF ecologist David Orwig's work with the Schoolyard Ecology project "Hemlock Trees and the Pesky Pest, the Woolly Adelgid" was featured on the front page of the Greenfield Recorder recently. The article described Greenfield High School students' and teacher Christine Perham's experience with invasive species research in Greenfield.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Harvard Forest Receives Safe Drinking Water Award

Harvard Forest recently was awarded the Massachusetts Public Drinking Water Award, which recognizes public water systems Safe Drinking Water Awardfor outstanding performance. In a ceremony at the State House, MassDEP Commissioner Laurie Burt presented the award to Michael Scott, Edythe Ellin, and Ronald May. Winning systems were determined based on their compliance with state drinking water regulations.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

New Harvard Forest Publication: Invasive Plant Study (Garlic Mustard)

Invasive Plant Study

Previous work at the Harvard Forest has shown that mycorrhizal fungi of herbaceous plants are inhibited by the invasion of garlic mustard.