Harvard Forest director awarded for conservation efforts

first_imgThe Trustees of Reservations recognized David R. Foster with its prestigious Charles Eliot Award at the organization’s annual meeting and dinner held on Sept. 25.Foster was honored for his 25 years of inspiration and visionary commitment to the trustees and greater Massachusetts conservation community. He is the director of Harvard Forest and a faculty member of the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.One of Foster’s most notable contributions to the conservation community has been his leadership of a remarkable team of university experts in an outreach campaign designed to promote the conservation of forests in the Massachusetts and New England landscape. His team, largely drawn from the Harvard Forest — an ecological research area located on 3,000 acres in Petersham, Mass., that is owned and managed by Harvard University — and New England universities, published “Wildlands and Woodlands: A Vision for the Forests of Massachusetts” in 2005 followed by its sequel this year, “Wildlands and Woodlands: A Vision for the New England Landscape,” which emphasizes forest and farmland conservation.  These publications have raised consciousness among policymakers and the public at large, stimulating grassroots activism. The earlier publication has already contributed to important, ecologically informed changes in forest policy in Massachusetts.last_img read more

Local Hindu community thanks emergency workers with celebration

first_imgVersailles, In. — Recently the Indiana State Police, Ripley County Sheriff’s Department and the Versailles Fire Department attended the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh celebration at the Versailles State Park. The Hindu tradition is a way of thanking first responders for their efforts to serve and protect our communities.last_img

Olympian Barr books spot in World Championships

first_imgThomas Barr has guaranteed his spot at the World championships in August.The Waterford runner finished 3rd in the 400 metres hurdles last night at the Diamond league meeting in Oslo in a seasons best time. Photo © Pixabaylast_img