MHS Calendar of Events

15 January 2013 Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Environmental History Seminar

“Whither Have All the Forests Gone": A Case of Land Preservation in Suburban Washington

5:15 PM - 7:30 PM
John Spiers, Boston College Comment: James Levitt, Harvard Forest

This paper examines a frustrating question for those concerned with environmental issues: Why has land preservation been such a challenge for suburbs in the late 20th century? It considers how land preservation occurs by offering a case study of a grassroots environmental movement in Fairfax County that formed around 1970 in response to plans for a single-family residential development adjacent to the Potomac River.