Harper, Richard W.
Office: 320 Holdsworth Hall
Tel: +1 (413) 545-3747
As an extension faculty member, my position involves initiating and expanding a broad-based integrated research and extension program in support of the management of municipal forests and urban landscapes. I administer a monthly, award-winning, international webcast (Urban Forestry Today) aimed at meeting real-time educational needs of urban forest practitioners, and I closely align programming/outreach efforts with cooperating professional associations and agencies. I am also a regular contributing author to association and agency outreach newsletters (ISA New England Chapter Newsletter; MA DCR Citizen Forester) read by professionals and tree enthusiasts across Massachusetts and New England.
Current Integrated Research-Extension Projects
- Tree Wardens in New England
- Urban wood utilization practices and community woodbanks
- American elm restoration and the urban forest
- Understanding oak spp. in the urban landscape
- Coniferous trees as urban plantings
- Massachusetts Tree Wardens and Foresters Association (Board of Directors)
- International Society of Arboriculture – New England Chapter (President-Elect)
- ReGreen Springfield (Board of Directors)
- USDA Forest Service – Urban Forest Strike Team (Advisory Board)
- NRC 310 Community Forestry
- NRC 390G Plant Health Care
Refereed Journal Publications (Selected)
Harper, R.W., D.V. Bloniarz, S. DeStefano, C.R. Nicolson. 2017. Urban forest management in New England: Towards a contemporary understanding of tree wardens in Massachusetts communities. Arboricultural Journal 41(3): 1-19.
Scharenbroch, B.C., D. Carter, M. Bialecki, R. Fahey, L. Scheberl, M. Catania, L.A. Roman, N.L. Bassuk, R.W. Harper, L. Werner, A. Siewert, S. Miller, L. Hutyra and S. Raciti. 2017. A rapid urban site index for assessing the quality of street tree planting sites. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening 27: 279-286.
Harper, R.W. and P.A. Weston. 2016. Potential of alternative Tsuga spp. as landscape replacements for T. canadensis: Longer-term evaluation and propagation of T. chinensis. Arboriculture & Urban Forestry 42(5): 346-354.
Harper, R.W., W.R. Autio, J.T. Finn and F.S. Rossi. 2016. Tree Wardens and public grounds management in North America: Overseeding athletic fields with perennial ryegrass to promote safe playing surface. Arboricultural Journal 40(3): 1-13.
Markarian, G., R.W. Harper and D.V. Bloniarz. 2016. Flexible, open-source programmes and estimating projections of urban tree benefits: A case study in Amherst, MA. Arboricultural Journal 38(1): 1-13.
Dampier, J.E.E., R.W. Harper, L. Schwartzberg and R.H. Lemelin. 2015. A comparison of arborists’ and horticulturists’ preferences of Tsuga chinensis to T. canadensis in the urban landscape. Arboriculture & Urban Forestry 41(1): 41-48.
Outreach Publications (Selected)
Harper, R.W. and D.V. Bloniarz. 2018. Regreening Springfield, MA – and communities nationwide – one tree at a time. Arborist News (In-press).
McElhinney, A.M., R.W. Harper and D.A. Lass 2017. Understanding the true costs of planting and growing urban trees. Arborist News 26(6): 22-28. (December)
Harper, R.W. and D.V. Bloniarz. 2017. Income, equity and the urban forest: Strengthening student understanding in Springfield, MA. Arborist News 26(3): 26-28. (June)
Harper, R.W. 2016. Tree of merit. City Trees (Issues I-IV).
Harper, R.W. 2013. Urban forestry on the frontier. City Trees 49(5):10-14.
Harper, R.W. 2016. Review of Features from the past for the future, Branching Out: An integrated pest management newsletter for trees and shrubs, by D.D. O’Brien and G.W. Hudler. Arboriculture & Urban Forestry 42(3): 213-214.
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