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Wednesday, June 1, 2005

Summer Students Arrive at Forest

33 summer students have arrived as part of the Harvard Forest summer research 2005 REU Internsprogram in ecology. Students come from all over the United States to participate in on-going research projects including atmospheric pollution, global warming, hurricanes, treefalls, and insect outbreaks. Researchers come from many disciplines and institutions.

Sunday, May 1, 2005

New Harvard Forest Publication: Newts As Carnivorous Plant Prey

The northern pitcher plant (Sarracenia purpurea) receives some of its nutrients from the decomposition of prey that fall into its Northeastern Naturalist Coverpitcher-shaped leaves. The majority of prey consists of ants, beetles, spiders, and slugs, and in rare cases, frogs and lizards.

Sunday, May 1, 2005

Harvard Forest 2005 - 2006 Bullard Fellows Announced

The Charles Bullard fellowship program is to support advanced research and study by individuals who show promise of making an important contribution, either as scholars or administrators, to forestry and forest-related subjects from biology to earth sciences, economics, politics, administration or law. See the complete listing of Bullard Scholars from 1962 - the present. 

Friday, April 1, 2005

New Harvard Forest Publication: Private Forest Owner Attitudes Towards Ecosystem-Based Management

Nonindustrial private forest owners in Vermont, New Hampshire, and western were surveyed to determine their attitudes toward an Journal of Forestry 2005ecosystem-based approach to management. In all cases, respondents showed favorable attitudes toward: unique, small-scale ecological features like rare species and wetlands; management at spatial scales larger than the individual parcel; and ownership beyond a single generation.

Friday, April 1, 2005

Pests, Pathogens, and the Death of Dominant Forest Trees: What are the Effects on Forest Ecosystems?

At the beginning of March, two-dozen scientists from the Andrews Forest, Coweeta, Harvard Forest, Hubbard Brook, and Luquillo Long-Term Ecological Research sites, and the Institute for Ecosystem Studies met at Harvard Forest to explore opportunities for collaborative research. Sponsored by the LTER Network Office, the "Workshop on the Impact of Removal of Foundational Species by Pests and Pathogens on Structure and Dynamics of Forested Ecosystems" examined case studies of pest- and pathogen-induced changes in the composition of forests across North America.

Friday, April 1, 2005

Harvard Forest Environmental Historian wins award

Brian Donahue, Environmental Historian at Harvard Forest and Professor at Brandeis University, was just awarded the George Perkins The Great MeadowMarsh Award from the American Society of Environmental History for the Best Book in Environmental History. Previous winners include Bill Cronon, John Opie, and Art McEvoy. Brian's book is The Great Meadow: Farmers and the Land in Colonial Concord.

Friday, April 1, 2005

Producers Screen "The Greatest Good" - documenting 100 years of the U.S. Forest Service

Tuesday, April 26th at 6:30 PM: On Tuesday, April 26th, Harvard Forest will host a screening of "The Greatest Good", a documentary of The Greatest Goodthe U.S. Forest Service on its 100-year anniversary, in the Fisher Museum. The film's producers will be available at a reception with light refreshments at 6:30 pm. The film will begin at 7:00 PM.

Tuesday, March 1, 2005

Land Protection Grant Recommended for Funding

Hemlocks

Our efforts to protect the boundary of Harvard Forest lands include a $3.7 million proposal in collaboration with the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust to the USFS Forest Legacy Program, seeking funds to put conservation restrictions on 2100 acres of private land outside the Forest. That proposal has just been ranked 3rd of the 48 proposals nationally that have been recommended for funding.

Tuesday, March 1, 2005

Summer Research Program for Undergraduates Funding Extended

The REU Site Grant that Aaron Ellison and Kathleen Donahue submitted to support our Summer Research Program for Undergraduates2005 REU Interns B&W has been recommended for funding for 5 years. According to the program officer at NSF this will be the single largest REU award in biology in the history of the program. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2005

New Harvard Forest Publication: Cooperation of Private Forest Owners

A relatively small number of non-industrial private forest (NIPF) owners in the United States has recently expressed interest in Forest Policy and Economics Covercooperating with one another at scales broader than their individual properties. There are many good reasons to do so, which would enhance their individual ownership benefits, as well as the suite of greater public benefits that accrue from a privately owned forest landscape.

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