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Thursday, June 19, 2014

New Manual to Aid Landowners in Land Monitoring

W&W Stewardship Science manual 2014

A new citizen science program via the Wildlands and Woodlands initiative allows anyone with access to forested land to follow a step-by-step manual to track changes in forest dynamics over time.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Celebrating 10 Years of Hands-On Science with Local Classrooms

Schoolyard Ecology students at work

This summer, the Harvard Forest Schoolyard Ecology Program will celebrate 10 years of science education in 70 schools across New England. Each year, our program brings more than 3,500 students outside to collect and analyze field data in schools' backyards.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Study: Forests Are Storing More Carbon with Earlier Springs

Harvard Forest EMS tower

New research in Nature Climate Change, based on over 20 years of ground and air measurements at the Harvard Forest, gives new insight into the crucial climate benefits that eastern forests provide. As warming has brought earlier springs and later autumns to our region over the past 20 years, forest trees have been able to store as much as 26 million metric tons more carbon dioxide than before. 

Friday, June 6, 2014

New Report Builds on W&W, Calls Forests Key to Sustainability

NEFF Path to Sustainability report

A new report by the New England Forestry Foundation, "New England Forests: the Path to Sustainability," builds on Harvard Forest's 2010 Wildlands and Woodlands report, to highlight 12 benefits forests provide to the region and 5 specific actions that will protect those benefits for the future.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

2014-2015 Charles Bullard Fellows Announced

We are pleased to announce the Harvard Forest Charles Bullard Fellows for 2014-2015. The mission of 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. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

New SPE Study: Rules on Carbon Emissions Benefit People & the Environment

Annual sulfur deposition in 2020

On June 2, the EPA released the nation’s first-ever carbon pollution standards for existing power plants. In a new report by the Science Policy Exchange, scientists from Syracuse and Harvard analyze how and where that rule will improve local air quality, decrease atmospheric deposition, and benefit people and ecosystems across the U.S.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

International Workshop Hosts HF Senior Ecologist

Senior Ecologist Aaron Ellison presented two keynote lectures in Germany this month at a multi-day workshop on "Red Wood Ants, Tectonics, Geogenic Gases & Statistics," organized on the occasion of his visit by faculty at the University of Duisburg-Essen and the University of Freiburg. Additional participants came from the Charles University of Prague, Technical University of Dortmund, and the University of Heidelberg.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

New Research: Assessing Tools for Woodland Landowners

Harvard Forest Senior Investigator Dave Kittredge, in partnership with the UMass Family Forest Research Center, recently completed a two-year study of the USDA Forest Service's national Forest Stewardship Program (FSP).

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

New Science Policy Exchange Project: Forest Pests and Pathogens

The Harvard Forest, in collaboration with the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, has launched a new Science Policy Exchange project on forest pests and pathogens. This project addresses growing concerns about damage to trees, forests, and local economies caused by introduced insects. The new project commenced with a two-day workshop on May 7 and 8, at the Cary Institute in Millbrook, New York.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Graduate Students Honored with Research Awards

Five PhD students/candidates pursuing research at the Harvard Forest have recently received competitive awards and fellowships to support their work.

Ahmed Hassabelkreem Siddig (pictured at left) has earned a Student Dissertation Research Grant from the University of Massachusetts, to support his efforts to create a more informative measure of indicator species "effectiveness" for ecological monitoring and conservation in declining ecosystems. 

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