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February 2016

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February 23, 2016

2016 Harvard Forest Ecology Symposium

Oak leaves during the fall

The 27th annual Harvard Forest Ecology Symposium will be held Tuesday, March 15th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Harvard Forest Fisher Museum.

February 19, 2016

Bullard Spotlight: Joshua Rapp on Sugar Maples in a Changing Climate

Bullard Fellow Joshua Rapp tapping maple trees at Harvard Forest

Our sugaring season began Feb. 1 this year, a full two weeks earlier than usual. Bullard Fellow Joshua Rapp taps Harvard Forest trees to inform several inter-related studies of sugar maple.

The first study, Rapp began in 2011, when he was a Harvard Forest postdoctoral

February 8, 2016

Study: Snowfall Linked to Tree Growth and Function

Pamela Templer studying impacts to trees from snow

Snowfall affects forest tree growth and function well beyond the winter season, says a new study of a dozen Harvard Forest red oak and red maple trees, recently published in the journal Ecosystems.

The study authors, Andrew Reinmann and Pamela Templer, both from Boston University, found impacts above- and below-ground when they removed snow from the ground

February 5, 2016

New Trail and Virtual Tour

Stop 1 is Prospect Hill Road outside the Fisher Museum. Stop 2 shows sugar maples by a sugar shack located off of Prospect Hill Road.

The Forest's newest interpretive trail, the French Road Trail, is now open to the public. The trail begins outside the Fisher Museum on Prospect Hill Road, and is available as a brochure and virtual tour.

The tour covers many facets of history and ecology, including remnants of an 18th century inn, several long-term field experiments, a