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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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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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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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Tropical wolf tree

Every forest has a history. Recently, I was hiking in Costa Rica and I came across this tree far from the edge of the forest.  I was a little surprised to see it.  To me, the tree tells a story about … Continue reading

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Edge of reforestation

The field on the left was used as pasture in the past, but the cows were recently excluded by the fence — sometime in the past 10 years — in an effort to reforest the field.  Some of the plants that are … Continue reading

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