New England Forests Through Time: Insights from the Harvard Forest Dioramas / Edition 1

New England Forests Through Time: Insights from the Harvard Forest Dioramas / Edition 1

by David R. Foster, John F. O'Keefe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674003446

ISBN-13: 9780674003446

Pub. Date: 08/28/2000

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Over the past three hundred years New England's landscape has been transformed. The forests were cleared; the land was farmed intensively through the mid-nineteenth century and then was allowed to reforest naturally as agriculture shifted west. Today, in many ways the region is more natural than at any time since the American Revolution. This fascinating natural

Overview

Over the past three hundred years New England's landscape has been transformed. The forests were cleared; the land was farmed intensively through the mid-nineteenth century and then was allowed to reforest naturally as agriculture shifted west. Today, in many ways the region is more natural than at any time since the American Revolution. This fascinating natural history is essential background for anyone interested in New England's ecology, wildlife, or landscape.

In New England Forests through Time these 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674003446
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Series:
Harvard Forest Series
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
9.74(w) x 8.39(h) x 0.23(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword

PART I: LANDSCAPE HISTORY OF CENTRAL NEW ENGLAND

Pre-Settlement Forest 1700 A.D.

An Early Settler Clears a Homestead 1740 A.D.

Height of Forest Clearance and Agriculture 1830 A.D.

Farm Abandonment 1850 A.D.

"Old-Field" White Pine Forest on Abandoned Land 1910 A.D.

"Old-Field" White Pine is Succeeded by Hardwoods 1915 A.D.

A Vigorously Growing Forest of Hardwoods 1930 A.D.

The Modern Forest Landscape

Summary: Ecological Lessons from Forest History

PART II: CONSERVATION ISSUES IN THE HISTORY OF NEW ENGLAND FORESTS

Old-Growth Forests

Wildlife Habitat in a Dynamic Landscape

Accelerated Erosion with Intensive Land Use

Forest Fire

Forest Fire Management

PART III: FOREST MANAGEMENT IN CENTRAL NEW ENGLAND

Early Treatment of a Hardwood Stand

Improvement Cutting in a Hardwood Stand

First Thinning in a Mixed White Pine-Hardwood Forest

Third Thinning in a Mixed White Pine-Hardwood Forest

Conversion Of Cordwood To Future Sawtimber

Increasing While Pine in Hardwood Stands

Release of Pine from Suppression by Gray Birch

Pruning White Pine to Produce Better Logs

Group Selection Method of Harvesting White Pine

Shelterwood Method in White Pine And Hardwoods

PART IV: ARTISTRY AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE DIORAMAS

Sugqested Further Reading

About the Harvard Forest

The Fisher Museum

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