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April 1, 2006

Northeast NEON Meeting

NSF and NEONInc have released two reports and indicated that an RFP for a prospectus from each NEON Domain (region) will be coming out in 2-3 months, with the prospectus due in 6-9 months. Consequently, we are organizing a meeting for all individuals interested in the Northeast NEON effort.

Date: April 25, 2006
Location: Harvard Forest
Agenda: Overview of the NEON

April 1, 2006

Harvard Forest Master's Student Receives Bowdoin Prize

MFS student, Edward Faison was awarded Harvard University's Bowdoin Prize for Graduate Essays in the Natural Sciences for 2005-2006, an annual prize given for a paper of literary merit on any subject in the natural sciences. His essay, entitled "Extraordinary Accounts of the Common Ragweed," discusses ragweed pollen's unique role as an indicator of major environmental shifts in the New

April 1, 2006

17th Annual Harvard Forest Ecology Symposium

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The seventeeth annual symposium will be held Wednesday April 12, 2006 9:00am. A series of talks highlighting new research and cooperative carbon dynamics work.

March 1, 2006

NEON Social Science Workshop Report

A Transformational Ecological Research Program To Interpret and Forecast Dynamics in the Coupled Human-Environment System Report of the NSF-Sponsored Workshop -- January 10-11, 2006 Harvard Forest, Harvard University

David Foster, Billie Turner, Morgan Grove, and Workshop Participants

Full Copy of Report 

March 1, 2006

New Harvard Forest Publications: Ragweed's Past & Future In New England

Kristina Stinson and Ed Faison took the lead on two Harvard Forest publications demonstrating that climate change increases the presence and abundance of ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) and its pollen. K. Stinson and F. Bazzaz tested whether elevated CO2 would benefit the growth and reproductive output of small plants over larger ones by growing experimental stands of competing ragweed individuals in

March 1, 2006

Wildlands and Woodlands: Continuing the Vision

Some eight months after the report's release four major and complementary efforts have arisen to support this conservation vision, sustain its dissemination and promote its initial implementation. These include:

  1. A self-organized consortium of regional conservation organizations, state agency representatives, and foundations meeting at the Henry P. Kendall Foundation and Doyle Center for Conservation (TTOR) is seeking to promote the vision through:
February 1, 2006

Smith Conservation Fellowship Awarded to Harvard Forest Post Doc

Dr. Robert McDonald, currently of Harvard Forest, received The Society for Conservation Biology and the Cedar Tree Foundation 2006 Smith Conservation Research Fellowship. The David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship, the nation's premier post doctoral program in conservation biology, seeks to find solutions to the most pressing conservation challenges in the United States. Each Fellow's research is conducted in partnership

February 1, 2006

Conservation finance roundtable and white paper funded

James Levitt (director of Program on Conservation Innovation at Harvard Forest) and Wildlands and Woodlands CoverKathy Lambert (president of Ecologic) received a grant to host a roundtable of national leaders in the area of conservation finance in Spring 2006. The goal is to indentify potential mechanisms for funding an ambitious regional land protection

February 1, 2006

Managing Hemlock Forests threatened by Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

Harvard Forest Ecologist David Orwig and Extension Forester David Kittredge from Managing Hemlock ForestsUmass-Amherst recently completed a fact sheet that reviews Hemlock Woolly Adelgid biology, silvicultural options, Best Management Practices, and considerations for making an informed decision about the future of hemlock stands. Many loggers, foresters, and woodland owners are facing decisions about

January 1, 2006

New Harvard Forest Publication: Conservation Finance

Levitt, J.N. (ed.). 2005. From Walden to Wall Street: Frontiers of Conservation From Walden to Wall Street CoverFinance. Island Press and Lincoln Institute.

From Walden to Wall Street brings together the experience of more than a dozen pioneering conservation finance practitioners to present groundbreaking ideas for dramatically expanding the availability of capital for land

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