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Envisioning the Future

Harvard Forest scientists have advanced new approaches that link landowner behavior, land use practices, forest dynamics and the consequences of future scenarios of climate and land use change on forest habitat, wood and carbon in the Northeast.This research will play a pivotal role in guiding region-wide forest stewardship and policy.

D'Amato, A. W., P. Catanzaro, D.T. Damery, D. B. Kittredge, and K. A. Ferrare. 2010. Are family forest owners facing a future where forest management is not enough? Journal of Forestry January/February pp. 32-38.
McDonald, R. I., G. Motzkin, M. S. Bank, D. B. Kittredge, J. Burk, and D. R. Foster. 2006. Forest harvesting and land-use conversion over two decades in Massachusetts. Forest Ecology and Management 227:31-41.
Thompson, J., D.R. Foster, R. Scheller, and D.B. Kittredge. 2011. The influence of climate change, timber harvest, and rural development on forest biomass and composition in Massachusetts, USA. Ecological Applications 21(7): 2425-2444.
Dr. Jonathan Thompson (Smithsonian Institution)
Dr. David Kittredge (University of Massachusetts)
David Kittredge.
State-wide average change in live aboveground biomass for each of the simulations used within a factorial experiment, which treated climate change (CC), forest conversion to developed uses (FC), and timber harvests (Harv) as treatments relative to a static climate (SC). Inset: Change in AGB from year 0 to year 50 for each scenario.
Thompson et al. 2011.



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