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Wildlands and Woodlands Stewardship Science

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Stewardship Science Network

Highstead coordinates this New England wide forest monitoring program in collaboration with scientists from the Harvard Forest, Brandeis University, University of Maine, and University of Massachusetts.  A component of the broader W&W Vision, the Stewardship Science program seeks to encourage a broad assemblage of landowners (land trusts, conservation commissions, forest managers, timber companies, and teachers) to adopt systematic, long-term data collection on their forestlands. The goals of the program are to:

  • Offer a consistent and relatively simple forest monitoring protocol to be used by all participants
  • Promote the use of science and data collection broadly to enable more informed management decisions
  • Provide an online database for participants to enter and store their data and access other datasets

With enough participation, we ultimately hope to promote better understanding of

  • long-term vegetation changes in protected wildlands and woodlands of New England¬†
  • the effects of different management regimes on forests across New England

so that our forests are managed wisely into the future.



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