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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 at the nexus of science and art.

Hirsch is attentive to both the quixotic and the beautiful, and has created a body of work that is about a desire to understand, describe, and predict the evolution of our surroundings, while showing reverence for the possibility of sublime moments in a place. The forest is here a microcosm for the world in which we live, and this work helps us envision the future we may inhabit, making the book a useful and engaging vantage from which to consider pressing issues of climate change, ecosystem resilience, and land and water use.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674980273
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 08/28/2017
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 10.20(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

John Hirsch is a photographer, writer, and educator in the Greater Boston area.

David R. Foster is Director of the Harvard Forest in Petersham, Massachusetts, and teaches ecology at Harvard University.

Clarisse M. Hart is Outreach and Development Manager at the Harvard Forest, Harvard University.

Margot Anne Kelley is a writer and photographer living in coastal Maine.

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