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Walking In The Woods: The Sights, Sounds, and Studies at the Harvard Forest
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Walking In The Woods: The Sights, Sounds, and Studies at the Harvard Forest

Heavy Equipment
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Heavy Equipment

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Director of the Harvard Forest David R. Foster surveys neighboring hemlock trees in one of the only areas of the forest which exists purely for observational purposes.

Sprucing Up The Place
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If a Tree Falls: Fighting Climate Change in the Harvard Forest

More than a century old, the Harvard Forest still bears traces of its past—stone fences, ancient oaks. Yet changes have come, too, subtle but significant.

Farm To Forest
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Farm To Forest

While the majority of the land owned by Harvard consists of forest, other portions of the expansive property include farmland.

Sprucing Up The Place
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Sprucing Up The Place

The Harvard Forest's operational sawmill is responsible for clearing fallen trees and cutting the timber into usable material.

Timeworn Trees
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Timeworn Trees

As the oldest tree in the Harvard Forest, this blackgum tree has stood in this spot for over 420 years. Blackgum trees were often spared by American colonists because of their hard and cross-grained wood.

Life and Decay
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Life and Decay

Not to be outdone by the vast plant life, numerous species of fungi decorate many of the fallen trees throughout the forest.

Pining Away
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Pining Away

A northern white pine tree sparkles in the morning sun inside the Harvard Forest.

Dusky Treeline
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Dusky Treeline

Harvard Pond at dusk.

The Harvard Forest
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The Harvard Forest

The Harvard Forest encompasses over 3,000 acres of rural Massachusetts in the town of Petersham. As a center for biological research, various long-term experiments continue to help scientists understand the effects of climate change over the decades.

Don Weiss
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Don Weiss

Don Weiss, the most senior member of HCFA’s ministry staff, leads semester-long bible courses for undergraduates.