lab 8 harvard forest

lab 8 harvard forest - Eric Russo 11/28/10 Patterns and...

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Eric Russo 11/28/10 Patterns and Processes Lab 8 Harvard Forest The first stop of our lab was at the Fisher Museum where we looked at how forested landscapes changed from the pre-colonial years of the 1700’s all the way to the human managed forests of the 1930’s. The first diorama was set in the pre-colonial 1700’s before humans settled in Petersham, New England. The forest was filled with broadleaved trees in the uplands and conifers in the in the lower wetlands. The next diorama, titled An Early Subsistence Farm in 1740, shows the same hilly landscape in sheltered valleys but now the forest had been clear cut. The stumps were all removed and the stones were picked up and made into rock walls to fence in the cattle. At this point trade was low because of the lack of roads and transportation, farmers produced most of what their families needed. As roads improved and the development of industry was increasing commercial farms were needed. By 1830, the Height of Farm Development, the Petersham landscape was 75 percent opened.
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This note was uploaded on 11/10/2011 for the course ENVIRDES 547 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at UMass (Amherst).

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