July 7, 2016
Historic Insights to the Vineyard’s Future: Henry Whiting and the Map of 1850

Presentation by David R. Foster
MV Agricultural Hall (West Tisbury, MA)
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Read the Vineyard Gazette article
Co-sponsors: Polly Hill Arboretum, Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Society

May 2016
Reading and Conserving the Vineyard
Presentation by David R. Foster
Harvard Club, NYC
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Sponsor: The Trustees of Reservations 
The event was sponsored to highlight the role of the Trustees on the Vineyard and to provide many long-time seasonal residents of the Island with a first glimpse of Land and Sea and the 1850 map. The talk provides a broad overview of the history and ecology of the Island with a focus on major conservation highlights and issues.

January 2014
Wasque. An Ecological History of Erosion and Change on Martha's Vineyard
Presentation by David R. Foster
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Presented to the Board of the Trustees of Reservations
This talk was presented as background to a discussion on the development of a strategy for coastal management.  The talk draws strongly for research in Land and Sea, but includes additional photographs and graphics.  The background for this presentation is that TTOR owns and protects 115 miles of coastline in Massachusetts across 28 of its most beautiful and heavily visited  properties.  In anticipation of increasing pressures and change on these landscapes with climate change, sea-level rise, increased storm intensity, and coastal modifications on adjoining properties TTOR is developing a far-ranging strategy for management, adaptation, education, and conservation.  This strategy is strongly rooted in a historical understanding of these coastal processes as laid out in Land and Sea and this talk.