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Characterizing the Revitalization of Clark University's Hadwen Arboretum

Authors: Anthony Himmelberger*, M.S. GIS Candidate, Clark University, Worcester, MA, John Rogan, Associate Professor, Clark University, Worcester, MA, Nick Geron, PhD Candidate, Clark University, Worcester, MA
Topics: Urban Geography, Field Methods, United States
Keywords: arboretum, urban forestry, field methods, GIS
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/9/2020
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM
Room: Virtual Track 2
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Monitoring tree species composition and condition in parks allows for long-term studies of tree health and species distribution over time. Maps and inventories are key to making this long-term research possible; they require continuous updating in order to track significant arboreal trends. The Hadwen Arboretum, located in Worcester, Massachusetts, was bequeathed to Clark University upon the death of Obadiah B. Hadwen in 1907. The purpose of the 26 acres of land was to educate students on the importance of arboreal knowledge. Over the 100+ years that the site has been a part of Clark University, only one map had been created in 1978 tracking the species composition. A revitalization of the arboretum began in fall of 2019 led by Clark students and grounds staff. This included identification of 52 species of trees, tracking of invasive plant species, trail maintenance/development, and an official accreditation from the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program. This research discusses the rare and unique species within the Hadwen Arboretum, analyzes the carbon storage value of the tree cohort, and recommends further projects and research to be continued in the future. This research exhibits a detailed, organized approach to field methods, shows the importance of updating maps to do scientific research, and brings attention to the uniqueness of the Hadwen Arboretum in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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