In compliance with Harvard University policy to reduce the risk of COVID-19, as of Saturday, March 13, Harvard Forest office buildings and the Fisher Museum will be closed to the public at least through April 30, 2020.

Recreational trails will remain open to the public.

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March 20, 2020

Harvard Forest Remembers Colleague David Kittredge

David Kittredge rests both hands against the bark of a large white pine tree in Pisgah State Forest

The lives of countless Harvard Forest staff, students, and colleagues past and present have been enriched by the life of David Kittredge (1956-2020), a great friend of the Harvard Forest and a champion of forests and conservation everywhere.

In addition to a 30-year career as faculty in the Environmental Conservation Department of the University of Massachusetts, for over 20 years, Dave

March 18, 2020

Schoolyard Ecology Featured in "Resilient Forests" Series

Two middle school students stand in a forest measuring the height of a tree

The Harvard Forest Schoolyard Ecology program is the newest focus of a year-long multimedia series on resilient forests by Northern Woodlands. The new film features students and teachers at Killingly Intermediate School, a public middle school in Connecticut that has participated in Harvard Forest's "Our Changing Forests" citizen science program since 2018.

The film follows teachers Mike Morrill and

February 24, 2020

March 17 Ecology Symposium Rescheduled to September

Audience view of a full room in the Fisher Museum at the 2018 Harvard Forest Symposium, with 3 speakers at a podium at front

UPDATE: The 2020 Harvard Forest Ecology Symposium, originally scheduled for March 17, has been rescheduled to September 2020.

The program will include morning science talks by graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, a round of lightning talks by the lead scientists for the major experiments in the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Program, and an afternoon focused on Harvard Forest's approaches

February 20, 2020

Harvard Forest Plays Key Role in Regional Food Summit

Screenshot from Food Summit livestream showing speaker Brian Donahue at podium at left and report cover of New England Food Vision at right, which shows a diverse group of young people harvesting garden food

In the months leading up to the New England Food, Farms, Fisheries, and Forests summit on February 19, HF Director David Foster and HF Research Associate Brian Donahue met regularly with with leaders at Harvard, the American Farmland Trust, and Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare to create a first-of-its-scale program that would explore food production, health, sustainability, and social justice with

January 21, 2020

Study: Climate (Not Humans) Shaped Early Forests of New England

Openland and stone wall

A new study in the journal Nature Sustainability overturns long-held interpretations of the role humans played in shaping the American landscape before European colonization. The findings give new insight into the rationale and approaches for managing some of the most biodiverse landscapes in the eastern U.S.

December 19, 2019

Climate Teaching Tool Co-Produced by Local Teacher & HF Scientist

screenshot of Data Nugget website showing title (A window into a tree's world) and image of scientist Neil Pederson extracting a tree-ring core from the trunk of an evergreen tree

A new teaching tool for middle, high school, and university classrooms guides students in using Harvard Forest tree-ring data to answer questions about local climate change. The lesson plan was produced by Elicia Andrews, a teacher at Quabbin Regional High School in Barre, MA, who also participates in the Harvard Forest Schoolyard Ecology Program. Andrews was supported in

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