Town Ecology program

16 Sep
September 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Fisher Museum, Harvard Forest
324 North Main Street

Richard T. T. Forman, long-time research scientist and collaborator at the Harvard Forest, is often considered a “father” of landscape ecology and road ecology. His primary scholarly interest links science with spatial pattern to interweave nature and people on the land.

Harvard Forest will host a presentation by Forman, Town Ecology for the Land of Towns and Villages,  on Tuesday, September 17th, at 7 p.m. based on his new book, Towns, Ecology, and the Land (Cambridge University Press, 2019), which makes the case for towns and villages as important, dynamic environmental ‘hotspots’.

The book features ecological patterns, processes, and change, as well as human dimensions, both within towns and in strong connection to surrounding agricultural land, forest land, and arid land. It highlights ecological dimensions – water, soil and air systems, together with habitats, plants, wildlife and biodiversity. A concluding section presents concepts for making better towns and better land.

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