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March 11, 2016

New Harvard Conservation Award to Inspire Future Action

Laurie Patton receiving an award

The Harvard Forest recently joined Harvard Kennedy School's Environmental and Natural Resources Program and Center for Public Leadership, along with thLincoln Institute of Land Policy, to present the inaugural Charles H.W. Foster Award for Exemplary Academic Leadership in Land Conservation to Middlebury College. The President of Middlebury College, Laurie Patton (Harvard College '83), was present to accept the award.

"New England is a

March 3, 2016

Senior Ecologist Chosen for Yale Fellowship

Harvard Forest Ecologist Aaron Ellison

Harvard Forest Senior Ecologist Aaron Ellison is spending the spring semester as a Bass Distinguished Visiting Environmental Scholar at the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies. He will be teaching an undergraduate course in Environmental Studies and conducting research on how portrayals and perceptions of landscapes influence conservation decision-making. He is also finishing two books, Stepping in the

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

January 28, 2016

Harvard Forest to Co-Present Conservation Award

Middlebury's Bread Loaf campus

Academics for Land Protection in New England (ALPINE), a land conservation network based at the Harvard Forest, will present the Charles H.W. Foster Award for Exemplary Academic Leadership in Land Conservation on February 22 to recognize Middlebury College's protection of its 2,100-acre Bread Loaf Campus in Vermont.

The new award honors Charles H.W. Foster, the

January 13, 2016

Bullard Spotlight: Peter Thomas on Applied Tree Biology

London planetree

Bullard Fellow Peter Thomas, a plant ecologist from Keele University in England, has spent his 6-month residency at the Forest co-writing a textbook, Applied Tree Biology, aimed at helping land managers make wise decisions about tree care. The book covers how trees should be chosen, planted, pruned, and maintained into old age, based on a sound

December 11, 2015

Applications Open: Summer Research Program for Undergraduates

Undergraduate students working in the field

UPDATE: Applications closed Feb 5, 2016.

Applications are now open for the 2016 Harvard Forest Summer Research Program, an opportunity for college and university students across the U.S. to participate in 11 weeks (May 23-August

December 11, 2015

Seeing the Landscape in Landscape Art

Painting by George Inness, "The Lackawanna Valley"

A new paper by ecologist and Harvard Forest collaborator Ed Faison (of Highstead) explores how the ecology and land-use changes of the 19th-century American landscape are revealed in paintings from that period.

Using examples from Hudson River School artists, Faison discusses subtle evidence of forest clearing and composition, shifts in wildlife populations, and the remanants of old