Sugar Maple Regeneration Citizen Science Project
The Forest Society is collaborating with Hubbard Brook scientists to launch a new citizen science project to determine whether the sugar maple seedling failure documented at Hubbard Brook is occuring on similar northern hardwood forest sites across New Hampshire. Research sites will be located on Forest Society reservations and research activities will pair HBEF scientists with Forest Society volunteers to collect data. In Spring 2019, research plots will be established at Kauffmann Forest (Stark), Sudrabin Forest (Orange), Yatsevitch Forest (Cornish), and Monadnock Reservation (Dublin), with additional sites to follow in subsequent years.
In May 2019, fourteen volunteer citizen scientists were trained to assist Hubbard Brook researchers in establishing study plots and collecting data on tree demography, soil samples and seedling assessment. In this first year of the project, citizen scientists learned an incredible amount about forest dynamics, tree and seedling identification, using forest science field tools, and the scientific process! To get a better idea of what kind of data we are collecting at study sites, you can read through our Sugar Maple Regeneration Citizen Science Training Guide. In 2020, we will be looking for additional volunteers for our Kauffman Forest study site in Stark, NH. If you are interested in becoming a citizen scientist volunteer for this project, please contact Carrie Deegan at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll be happy to answer any questions you may have about the project and volunteer commitment. More information is available on our volunteer page.
This project has been generously supported by USDA Northeast Climate Hub, the National Science Foundation (Long Term Ecological Research and Public Engagement with Science Grants) and Cornell University (Engaged Cornell Grant).
For more photos from the project, check out the slideshow below.