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Stewardship

"Conservation, education and research come first."



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Land Use

"What kind of past use creates what kind of effects on the soil?"



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Watershed

“The preserve is a good example of ... a watershed that has not been impacted by surrounding development activities.”



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Deer

"What will the forest look like in 100 years?"



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Beavers

“Their impact has been quite extraordinary.”



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Students

“The class ... is a station in my student’s journey ...”



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Fall 2010

Forces of nature
Jonathan Cohen

Forces of nature

Binghamton's largest lab is ripe for research


State-of-the-art laboratories that create the technologies that drive the economy: Binghamton University has them. But there’s another lab on campus, one whose size and reach is larger than all the rest. It’s the Nature Preserve. “This is the biggest, most biodiverse natural area adjacent to a university in the United States, maybe on the planet,” says Richard Andrus, associate professor of biological sciences and environmental studies, whose students looked but could find no comparable on-campus preserve. Groundbreaking studies on salamanders and frogs have been done here, and watershed research is in full swing.

So what’s next? Professors and scholars offer up some intriguing ideas.

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