The rich trove of digital resources in the Harvard Forest Archive recently expanded via a partnership with Massachusetts Digital Commonwealth, which digitized 600+ local property maps, forest inventories, detailed maps of damage from the 1938 Hurricane, even winter range maps of local snowshoe hares! All the maps are free for download and use under a Creative Commons license.

News & Highlights

April 4, 2019

Bullard Spotlight: Tom Sherry on the Evolution of Bird Communities

Charles Bullard Fellow Thomas Sherry, who studies terrestrial bird migration, community structure, and conservation at Tulane University in New Orleans, used his six-month residency at the Forest to begin a book on the co-evolution and community-driven specialization of tropical birds and insects.

His unique integration of evolutionary approaches with ecological processes like predator-prey interactions and interspecific competition has led to

March 26, 2019

Study: Land Conservation Boosts Local Economies

Land conservation modestly increases employment rates, a traditional indicator of economic growth, according to a new study of New England cities and towns, led by scientists at Harvard Forest, Amherst College, Highstead, and Boston University.

The study, published in Conservation Biology, is the first of its kind, estimating the local net impacts of both private and public land conservation

March 1, 2019

Harvard Forest Ecology Symposium to Celebrate 30 Years of LTER Research

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On March 19, 2019, the Harvard Forest will live-stream its annual Ecology Symposium, with a special look back on the history of the Harvard Forest Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program as we move into its fourth decade. Talks and panel discussions will feature lead investigators from the first decade of LTER that began in the 1980s – including

February 28, 2019

Study: Decades of Tree Rings Extend Today's High-Tech Climate Stories

Satellite imagery, carbon dioxide measurements, and computer models all help scientists understand how climate and carbon dynamics are changing in the world’s forests. But the technology powering these high-tech data only stretches back about thirty years, limiting our picture of long-term change.

A new study in Nature Communications co-authored by HF Senior Ecologist Neil Pederson with scientists from Columbia University,

February 26, 2019

Museum Event to Discuss Dam Removal in New England

More than ten thousand dams were built on New England rivers over the past four centuries. In the past twenty years, intentional removal of these structures has become common throughout the region, motivated by public safety, maintenance costs, and the desire to restore passage for migratory fish.

Scientist Noah Snyder, Harvard Forest Bullard Fellow and Associate Professor at

February 22, 2019

Study: Recent Land-Use Trends Limit Carbon Potential

Over the next 50 years, land-use change in New England (both forest harvest and land development) will have more of an impact on forest dynamics than climate change.

And, if recent trends in regional land use are maintained, the landscape will fall far short of its potential to store carbon, explains a new paper in the journal Global Environmental Change, by HF

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