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Examining the Impact of Urban Development on Trees

Rogan/MartinOver 17,000 trees were planted by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) in Worcester in response to the Asian Longhorned Beetle infestation between 2010 and 2014. During 2015 and 2016, the Clark University Human-Environment Regional Observatory (HERO) conducted an inventory of over 1500 of the trees planted in the Burncoat and Greendale neighborhoods. Marsh Institute Researchers John Rogan (Geography) and Deborah Martin (Geography) received funds from DCR for the project “Assessing the Survivorship, Condition, and Growth of Trees Planted 2010-2014 in Worcester, Massachusetts” which will engage HERO undergraduate fellows and graduate student mentors to revisit those cohorts of trees planted, and evaluate them for survivorship, condition, and growth.

For full project descriptions, see the Marsh Institute Research Projects web page.