Cape Cod National Seashore to Host - Man Versus Wild A Long-Term Study of Cranberries in Their Native Stands at Cape Cod National Seashore
Contact: Rob McCormack, Park Ranger, 508-255-3421
In its 100 year history, the University of Massachusetts Cranberry Experiment Station and its scientific staff have seen many changes in cranberry growing as a result of its research efforts. On Tuesday, August 30th, at 7:00 PM at Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham, Professor Frank Caruso will present an illustrated program about the wild cranberry bogs of Cape Cod National Seashore and applications for the cranberry industry.The program is free, accessible, and sponsored by Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore.
Dr. Caruso will focus on some of the major research milestones in the cranberry industry including the development of the frost forecasting system and determination of cranberry hardiness levels, and other major findings.
Dr. Caruso has been the Extension Associate Professor with the UMASS Cranberry Experiment Station since 1985, performing research on cranberry diseases and other fruits. As the Experiment Station in Wareham enters its second century, it will continue to conduct research and provide programs focused on the development of the most effective and sustainable practices for pest, nutrient, and water management.
If you go: Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at the intersection of Route 6 and Nauset Road in Eastham and is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5 PM.The center includes a lobby with expansive views of Salt Pond, Nauset Marsh, and the Atlantic; a museum featuring the park's natural and cultural stories; staff to assist with trip planning, and a store with books, maps, puzzles, games, t-shirts, and 50th anniversary commemorative items. There are short films shown throughout the day. The Buttonbush and Nauset Marsh Trails, and the Nauset Bike Trail are located nearby. For more information on Cape Cod National Seashore programs visit the park's website, www.nps.gov/caco.
Did You Know?
Cape Cod National Seashore is one of the most important nesting areas for the federally-threatened Piping Plover. Abundant in the 19th century, the beach-nesting Piping Plover declined in the 20th century, but have begun to recover as a result of active protection and visitor education.