Maine Public features UMaine’s Howland Research Forest
As part of their series “Climate Driven: A deep dive into Maine’s response, one county at a time,” Maine Public featured the University of Maine’s Howland Research Forest, where scientists have undertaken groundbreaking studies on acid rain, forest ecology and soil health. At the research forest, carbon and other greenhouse gas measurements are continuously recorded from the top of several meteorological towers that soar above a lush canopy of spruce, hemlock and white pine. Research associate John Lee was interviewed for the story, and allowed the reporter to join him on a climb up the 88-foot-tall main tower. “We can calculate fluxes of anything we can measure in the atmosphere. Carbon, of course, is the constituent of most interest because it is the most common greenhouse gas,” Lee said. The Bangor Daily News shared the Maine Public report.