This isn’t just any aged tree — this is what is known as a witness tree. Witness trees are, by definition, any tree that has experienced historical events through its significant age and location. Many well-known witness trees were present for major Civil War battles. In the case of the one at the Harvard Forest, these historical events have less to do with military and politics and more to do with the climate and ecology of the forest.
We’ve all assembled to participate in the 9th annual Cycle To The Source tour of the Cambridge Watershed offered by CWD — a rare opportunity to bike the watershed’s route alongside Water Department staff.