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August 20, 2019
"The History, Ecology, and Conservation of Martha's Vineyard" by David Foster
Martha's Vineyard Garden Club
Old MillWest Tisbury, MA

August 3, 2019 - 3:00pm
The Future of Life on Earth: Migration, Immigration and Climate Change - moderated by David Foster
Martha's Vineyard Book Festival
Chilmark Community Center, MA

Thursday, July 25, 2019
"Past and Future on Martha's Vineyard" by David Foster
Vineyard FutureWorks: Making Tomorrow's History Together
Martha's Vineyard Museum - Vineyard Haven, MA
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Archived Events

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 1:00pm
The History, Ecology, and Conservation of Martha’s Vineyard with David Foster
Old Mill, West Tisbury, MA

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 5:30 pm
Conversations with Martha's Vineyard Artists Facilitated by David Foster
11th Annual "You Can't Spell mARTha's Vineyard without A-R-T" party
161 Indian Hill Road, West Tisbury

Saturday-Sunday, August 5-6, 2017
Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival 

Saturday, July 27, 2017 - 5:00pm
Talk and book-signing
Aquinnah Public Library
Aquinnah, MA

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 5:00pm
Talk and book-signing 
Chilmark Free Public Library
Chilmark, MA

Tuesday, July 18, 2017​ - 7:30pm
Talk and book-signing 
Polly Hill Arboretum
West Tisbury, MA

Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 7:00pm
"A Vineyard Conversation: Tweed Roosevelt and David Foster"
West Tisbury Free Public Library
West Tisbury, MA

Sunday, June 11, 2017 4:00-5:00pm
Talk and book-signing
Bunch of Grapes Bookstore
Vineyard Haven, MA

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 2:00
Panel Discussion with Ann Bassett, Linda Coombs, David Foster, & John Alley: A Brief History of West Tisbury
West Tisbury Public Library
West Tisbury, MA
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Friday, March 24, 2017 - 7:00pm
Talk and book-signing
Harvard Book Store
1256 Mass. Ave.Cambridge, MA

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 6:30pm
Panel: "Grazing & Conservation on Martha's Vineyard: A Conversation Concerning Food & Open Land" - with David Foster, Brian Donahue, Conrad Vispo, John Previant, and Chris Neill
Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Society
West Tisbury, MA

Monday, February 13, 2017 - *POSTPONED due to weather*
Lecture: "Land Conservation in an Era of Global Change: The Role of Academic Institutions"
Harvard Club of Boston
Boston, MA

January 31, 2017
New England Conservation in an Era of Global Change - presentation by David R. Foster
6:00pm reception, Beneski Museum of Natural History
7:00pm lecture, Paino Lecture Hall
Amherst College (Amherst, MA)
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Event co-sponsors: Kestrel Land Trust, Amherst College Env. Studies Dept.

Friday, January 20, 2017
Lunchtime talk and book-signing
Southeastern Mass. Pine Barrens Alliance 
Cape Cod Community College
West Barnstable, MA

July 7, 2016
Historic Insights to the Vineyard’s Future: Henry Whiting and the Map of 1850 - presentation by David R. Foster
MV Agricultural Hall
West Tisbury, MA
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Read the Vineyard Gazette article
Event co-sponsors: Polly Hill Arboretum, Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Society

May 2016
Reading and Conserving the Vineyard - presentation by David R. Foster
Harvard Club, NYC
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Event sponsor: The Trustees of Reservations 
The event was sponsored to highlight the role of the Trustees on the Vineyard and to provide many long-time seasonal residents of the Island with a first glimpse of Land and Sea and the 1850 map. The talk provides a broad overview of the history and ecology of the Island with a focus on major conservation highlights and issues.

January 2014
Wasque. An Ecological History of Erosion and Change on Martha's Vineyard - presentation by David R. Foster
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Presented to the Board of The Trustees of Reservations
This talk was presented as background to a discussion on the development of a strategy for coastal management.  The talk draws strongly for research in Land and Sea, but includes additional photographs and graphics.  The background for this presentation is that TTOR owns and protects 115 miles of coastline in Massachusetts across 28 of its most beautiful and heavily visited  properties.  In anticipation of increasing pressures and change on these landscapes with climate change, sea-level rise, increased storm intensity, and coastal modifications on adjoining properties TTOR is developing a far-ranging strategy for management, adaptation, education, and conservation.  This strategy is strongly rooted in a historical understanding of these coastal processes as laid out in Land and Sea and this talk.