Saturday, August 25, 2012 9:00am - 5:00pm
Using evidence such as the shapes of trees, scars on their trunks, the pattern of decay in stumps, the construction of stonewalls, it is possible to unravel complex stories etched into our forested landscape. This process of ‘forest forensics,’ is similar to interpreting a crime scene. Learn how to read a forest to reveal its clues of history, disturbance, and community types. The class starts with a slide presentation to prepare you for a day spent walking through a variety of local forests and habitats. In the field you'll start to see the forest with new eyes as you learn an entirely different way of looking at the woods with an ecologist who has spent his life observing and teaching in the forest.
Instructor: Tom Wessels is the author of several books including, Reading the Forested Landscape, and an instructor at Antioch University of New England.
9–10:30 a.m.— Slide presentation based on his book, 'Reading the Forested Landscape'
10:45–1 p.m. Exploring the Montshire Woods
1:00–1:30 p.m. Lunch Break
Short drive to AT trails in Norwich or Hanover
1:45–4:15 p.m. 2.5 hours interpretive walk
4:30 p.m. Return to Montshire and short wrap-up
Pre-Registration Required: https://www.formstack.com/forms/mms-forest_forensics_august_2012