Category Archives: Forests

Tiny insect continues to take down hemlock forests across eastern US

Alternate blog title: When is it time to give up on one of your favorite species? Hemlock trees in eastern North America have been hit hard by a non-native insect, the hemlock woolly adegid. I’m fond of hemlock trees and … Continue reading

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Help fund cloud forest research in Monteverde, Costa Rica

Researchers studying the cloud forests of Monteverde are looking to purchase equipment that will help them document the amount of cloud cover that surrounds the forests throughout the year.  One of the main goals of the project is to document … Continue reading

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Steps toward successful reforestation

One thing is certain … we got a lot of work done! I’m just getting back into life in Massachusetts after returning from Costa Rica last week.  I’m particularly happy with the way that the reforestation work ended.   We managed … Continue reading

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Cloud forests and epiphytes

You know you’re in a cloud forest when most of the trees around you are covered with epiphytes.  A single tree may have literally dozens of different species of plants growing on it, and it’s exactly this kind of “packing” … Continue reading

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Where do all the trees for reforestation come from?

It takes a lot of trees to turn an old pasture into a forest.  Over the past week I’ve been visiting a bunch of sites where trees like the ones above have been planted.  These are all native tree species … Continue reading

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Two sides of a mountain

My last post included a sunset.  Everyone loves sunsets.  Like I said in the post, there are amazing sunsets right now on the Pacific side of Costa Rica because it’s pretty dry, which means there aren’t many clouds.  The Atlantic … Continue reading

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Back to Costa Rica!

Later this month I’m going back to Costa Rica for about five weeks… Over the past couple of years I’ve been taking groups of students to Costa Rica and Belize to learn about tropical ecology and environmental issues.  Why not … Continue reading

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