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The Fisher Museum's main exhibit displays 23 internationally acclaimed models (dioramas) portraying the history, conservation and management of central New England forests.

Other exhibits at the museum represent the range of ecological research at the Harvard Forest. Outdoors, our system of interpretive trails provide additional opportunities for learning.

Spring 2019 Events

Wednesday, March 27, 7:00pm

The Rise of Dam Removal in New England

Noah P. Snyder
Harvard Forest Bullard Fellow 2018-19

Associate Professor, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Boston College

Event is free and open to the public.

More than ten thousand dams were built on New England rivers over the past four centuries. In the last two decades, intentional removal of these structures has become common throughout our region, motivated by public safety, maintenance costs, and the desire to restore passage for migratory fish. This presentation will review the history of dam construction and removal in our region, and describe results from a ten-year study following the removal of the Merrimack Village Dam on the Souhegan River in New Hampshire, one of the best-studied dam sites in the country. The presentation will also touch on local examples, and close with lessons learned about sediment management following dam removal that apply to stream restoration projects throughout our region.