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A Forest Restoration, Reimagined: A Decade of Diversity in BiodiversiTREE

A Forest Restoration, Reimagined: A Decade of Diversity in BiodiversiTREE

Tuesday, April 19, 2022 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Speakers: Rachel King, postdoc, and Jamie Pullen, head technician (SERC Terrestrial Ecology Lab)

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What happens when you take acres of abandoned farm fields and plant a forest on top of them? In spring 2013, scientists and volunteers planted 20,000 trees as part of a massive experiment known as BiodiversiTREE. Now starting its tenth year, the project has become the largest experiment on tree diversity and ecosystem function in North America. Join SERC postdoc Rachel King and head technician Jamie Pullen for a trek through the project’s biggest discoveries, in an Earth Optimism webinar specifically made for Earth Week. They’ll reveal how diversity shapes how the forest works, from the soil to the canopy. They'll also explore the ability of forests to withstand the uncertainties of blights and climate change, and how diversity can shape the hidden life that depends on forests. Finally, they will reveal what’s in store for the project over the next century.

This webinar will be recorded! By signing up on Zoom, you'll be able to watch the live event and receive a link to the recording a few days after it airs. Closed captioning will be available at the live webinar and on the recording. The Earth Optimism lecture series airs live on Zoom every third Tuesday of the month at 7pm Eastern, from January through October.

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Changing the Future Landscape of a Watershed, One Policy at a Time

Changing the Future Landscape of a Watershed, One Policy at a Time

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Speaker: Matt Johnston (Environmental Policy Director for Anne Arundel County, incoming Executive Director of Arundel Rivers Federation)

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Above: Watch the recording of Matt Johnston's lecture on YouTube

The science has been clear for a long time: To protect streams—and the Chesapeake Bay—from pollution, it's imperative to reduce impervious surfaces like roads and parking lots. While science can define our problems and point us in the right direction, policy is a critical player in delivering solutions. On April 26, join us for a bonus Earth Optimism lecture with Matt Johnston, director of environmental policy for Maryland's Anne Arundel County where the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center is based. He'll reveal several new policies Anne Arundel has pursued over the last few years to roll back the advancing impervious surfaces. Discover how one county is using science-based polices to create environmental success stories.

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