How might your local landscape change in 40 years?

An interactive map tool built by scientists in the Thompson Lab explores five possible futures for New England, viewable in high resolution at 10-year time steps. A companion story map outlines the kinds of questions the tool can answer, and builds context for the years of research and contributions by 100+ local stakeholders that led to the final product.

News & Highlights

October 11, 2019

Harvard Forest Co-Presents Award for Academic Conservation Excellence

In a special event today, the Harvard Forest, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and Highstead Foundation, along with their partners in Academics for Land Protection in New England (ALPINE), recognized the University of Massachusetts Amherst with the Charles H.W. Foster Award for Academic Leadership in Land Conservation.

The event also honored the high-impact career of longtime UMass

October 3, 2019

NYT Op-Ed Poses Wood Building & Forest Conservation as Climate Solutions

Common Ground High School

An op-ed in the New York Times, co-authored by Harvard Forest director David Foster, points to new forest management standards, increases in wood building projects, and protection of existing forests from development as untapped climate solutions in New England and around the world.

The piece was written with colleagues Frank Lowenstein from the New England Forestry Foundation and

September 1, 2019

Museum Event to Explore the Ecology of Towns & Villages

On Tuesday, September 17, Richard Forman, a renowned landscape ecologist and long-time research collaborator of the Harvard Forest, will present his new book on the ecology of towns and villages in a free public lecture in the Fisher Museum, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Those who can't attend this talk in person can catch the live-stream of

July 20, 2019

New Tweeting Tree Is Climate Change Storyteller

This month, Harvard Forest launched the first tweeting tree in North America. 

The project has been years in the making. The 100-year-old red oak tree first came into the spotlight in 2017, as the focal point for the climate change book Witness Tree, written by visiting Bullard Fellow Lynda Mapes. In 2018, post-doctoral fellow Tim Rademacher (from Northern Arizona University and

July 19, 2019

Registration Open for Schoolyard Ecology Teacher Workshop

Schoolteachers of grades 2-12 are invited to register for the Summer Institute for Teachers, held here at Harvard Forest on August 22 from 9:30am to 3:30pm. The cost is $50, which includes teacher materials, project supplies, and year-round support from educators and scientists at the Forest.

The Harvard Forest Schoolyard Ecology Program, now in its 16th year, works with teachers

June 18, 2019

2019-2020 Bullard Fellows Announced

We are pleased to announce the Harvard Forest Charles Bullard Fellows for 2019-2020. The mission of the 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, law, and the arts and humanities. 

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    Fisher Museum Volunteers
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    New Ideas for the Urban Century: Conserving City and Country
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