Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative

Forest Research at Harvard Forest: Tree Growth and Coarse Woody Debris in Regenerating Forests at Harvard Forest since 2008

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  • Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative

    • Address:
      705 Spear Street
      South Burlington, Vermont 05403
      United States of America

      Phone: (802) 391-4135


    Since 1907, the Harvard Forest has served as a center for research and education in forest biology and conservation. The Forest's Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program, established in 1988 and funded by the National Science Foundation, provides a framework for much of this activity.


  • Emery Boose: Principal Investigator


  • aboveground biomass, carbon sequestration, clearcut, forest regeneration, Harvard Forest, regeneration,


  • Harvard University Harvard Forest: lead
  • Duke Forest : partner

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    • Title: Tree Growth and Coarse Woody Debris in Regenerating Forests at Harvard Forest since 2008
    • Start Date: 2008-01-01
    • End Date: 2016-12-31
    • Description: This project is a field-based study to measure sequestration of atmospheric carbon dioxide in a regenerating New England forest. This study established long-term biometric plots suitable for measuring changes in carbon storage through time in three forest stands: an early-20th-century conifer plantation, a naturally regenerating former conifer plantation harvested in the 1990s, and a conifer plantation scheduled for harvest next winter. The first three years of this project determined the initial carbon budget of these forest stands, measured carbon fluxes into and out of these stands, and laid the groundwork for future investigations. Subsequent years will investigate larger-scale questions, such as how successional patterns affect carbon sequestration, and how these patterns change with stand age. The work also addresses how forestry practices influence carbon sequestration, and provide guidance for how forest management could enhance terrestrial carbon uptake in the future.

    • Purpose: This study measures the amount of carbon sequestration and how that amount is influenced by different forestry practices. This information could be used to guide forest management practices for better carbon uptake.

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    • Object Name: VMC.1387.2836

    • Data Type: mySQL
    • Citation: Dunn A. 2017. Tree Growth and Coarse Woody Debris in Regenerating Forests at Harvard Forest since 2008. Harvard Forest Data Archive: HF175. Available at:

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      Attribute Name: species
      • Label: Species field in the HF Tree Growth and Coarse Woody Debris dataset
      • Description: Species field in the Harvard Forest Tree Growth and Coarse Woody Debris in Regenerating Forests dataset (hf175-01)
      • Storage Type: text
      • Measurment Type: nominal
      • String Format: D-M-YY
      • Number Type: -1
      • Species List: Tree Growth and Coarse Woody Debris in Regenerating Forests at Harvard Forest since 2008
        • Code: rp
          • Definition: ITIS #183375, red pine (Pinus resinosa)
        • Code: rm
          • Definition: ITIS #28728, red maple (Acer rubrum)
        • Code: b
          • Definition: ITIS #19462, American beech (Fagus grandifolia)
        • Code: bc
          • Definition: ITIS #24764, black cherry (Prunus serotina)
        • Code: sm
          • Definition: ITIS #28731, sugar maple (Acer saccharum)
        • Code: yb
          • Definition: ITIS #19481, yellow birch (Betula alleghaniensis)
        • Code: ro
          • Definition: ITIS #19408, northern red oak (Quercus rubra)
        • Code: wp
          • Definition: ITIS #183385, eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)
        • Code: h
          • Definition: ITIS #183397, Canada hemlock; hemlock spruce (Tsuga canadensis)
        • Code: bf
          • Definition: ITIS #18032, balsam fir (Abies balsamea)
        • Code: wa
          • Definition: ITIS #32931, white ash (Fraxinus americana)
        • Code: gb
          • Definition: ITIS #19497, gray birch (Betula populifolia)
        • Code: pb
          • Definition: ITIS #19489, paper birch (Betula papyrifera)
        • Code: ws
          • Definition: ITIS #183295, white spruce (Picea glauca)
        • Code: bb
          • Definition: ITIS #19487, sweet birch (Betula lenta)
        • Code: ae
          • Definition: ITIS #19049, American elm (Ulmus americana)
        • Code: sw
          • Definition: #, ( )
        • Code: pm
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