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The Harvard Forest is located in a rural setting in north-central Massachusetts about 70 miles west of Boston. The 1200-hectare site lies in the Transition Hardwood-White Pine-Hemlock forest region, and includes a variety of forests and wetlands. Research at the Forest focuses on effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems. These disturbances include atmospheric pollution, global warming, hurricanes, treefalls, and insect outbreaks. Facilities include laboratories for nutrient analysis, physiological and population ecology, isozyme and pollen analysis; greenhouses; herbarium; computer laboratory; library; and a museum.
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Contact Information
Site Contacts
Principal Investigator: David Foster
Primary Contact: David Foster
Information Mgr: Emery Boose
Education Contact: Pamela Snow
Graduate Student Representative: Lauren Alteio
Social Science Representative: David Kittredge
Climate Science Representative: Emery Boose
Communication Representative: Clarisse Hart
Harvard Forest
324 N Main St
Petersham, MA 01366 USA
Phone: (978) 724-3302
Fax: (978) 724-3595
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Site History
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 comprised of 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.
Research Topics
Long-term climate change, disturbance history and vegetation dynamics; comparison of community, population, and plant architectural responses to human and natural disturbance; forest-atmosphere trace gas fluxes; organic matter accumulation, decomposition and mineralization; element cycling, fine root dynamics and forest microbiology.
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Site Location
Lat: +42.53000 | Long. -72.19000

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Climate Info.
Annual High Mean Low
Temperature 20.1 c 7.1c -6.8c
Precipitation 1437 mm/year 1066 mm/year 625 mm/year