Harvard University Forest

Since 1907, research and education have been the mission of the Harvard Forest, one of the oldest and most intensively studied forests in North America. From a center that comprises 3000 acres of land, research facilities, and the Fisher Museum, the scientists, students, and collaborators at the Forest explore topics ranging from conservation and environmental change to land-use history and the ways in which physical, biological and human systems interact to change our earth.

Below is a list of in-print works in this collection, presented in series order or publication order as applicable.

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Cover: Stepping Back to Look Forward: A History of the Massachusetts Forest

Stepping Back to Look Forward: A History of the Massachusetts Forest

Foster, Charles H. W.

This timely collection of essays, written by forestry and environmental specialists, tells the story of the conservation, use, and changes in Massachusetts’ forests over time. It begins with ecology and land-use history through pre-settlement, colonial, and post-Revolutionary periods, and ends with recommendations on how history may inform policy.

Cover: The Northeast's Changing Forest

The Northeast's Changing Forest

Irland, Lloyd C.

In the first book to review the nature of the Northeast’s forests, their significance, and policy issues for a general audience, Lloyd Irland tells the story of the changing forests of the nine northeastern states. He reviews their history from the original European settlements through the age of shipbuilding to the retreat of farming and regrowth of the forest in the twentieth century. Emphasizing the continuity of the history and varied uses of the forests, the work summarizes the forces shaping past farming and land abandonment, forest cutting practices, insects, winds, diseases, and land development patterns.

Cover: New England Forests Through Time: Insights from the Harvard Forest Dioramas

New England Forests Through Time: Insights from the Harvard Forest Dioramas

Foster, David R.
O’Keefe, John F.

In New England Forests through Time historical and environmental lessons are told through the world-renowned dioramas in Harvard’s Fisher Museum. These remarkable models have introduced New England’s landscape to countless visitors and have appeared in many ecology, forestry, and natural history texts. This first book based on the dioramas conveys the phenomenal history of the land, the beauty of the models, and new insights into nature.

Cover: Twentieth-Century New England Land Conservation: A Heritage of Civic Engagement

Twentieth-Century New England Land Conservation: A Heritage of Civic Engagement

Foster, Charles H. W.

Written by and about New Englanders, this book is relevant to those attempting to address conservation problems on a regional basis. The stories told here are of people using what they had, setting to work to remedy these conditions, and doing so successfully. At a time of growing concern for the environment both locally and globally, theirs is a story certain to inform and inspire the next generation of conservation leaders.

Cover: Wildlands and Woodlands: A Vision for the New England Landscape

Wildlands and Woodlands: A Vision for the New England Landscape

Foster, David R.

Over the past twenty years, development has perforated forests and farms in every New England state, endangering the contiguous landscapes that are the center of our local resource base, cultural heritage, and regional resilience to dramatic environmental change. This volume presents an ecologically salient call to action, grounded in the scholarship of more than a dozen of the region’s leading experts in ecology, forestry, and agriculture.

Cover: And Again: Photographs from the Harvard Forest

And Again: Photographs from the Harvard Forest

John Hirsch chronicles the research, scientists, and ephemera of the Harvard Forest—a 3,750-acre research forest in Petersham, Massachusetts. Essays by David Foster, Clarisse Hart, and Margot Anne Kelley expand the scope of this photographic exploration and consider pressing issues of climate change, ecosystem resilience, and land and water use.

Cover: Wildlands and Woodlands, Farmlands and Communities: Broadening the Vision for New England

Wildlands and Woodlands, Farmlands and Communities: Broadening the Vision for New England

Foster, David R.

Wildlands and Woodlands, Farmlands and Communities calls for conservationists and landowners to permanently protect 70 percent of New England as forest. This report outlines complementary uses of forest and agricultural landscape with thoughtful development of rural villages, suburbs, and cities—providing a regional example for the nation.

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