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Reading the forested landscape with Tom Wessels

June 1 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

tom wessels walk - lush green forest at hand hollow, trees and ferns are visible

The landscape is full of clues to its history when you know how to read it! During this special guided walk, participants will join Tom Wessels to learn about the art of ‘forest forensics’ at Hand Hollow. Using ecological features and historical land use makers as guides, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the land’s past and a new way of seeing forests.

Tom Wessels is a terrestrial ecologist and professor emeritus at Antioch University New England, where he founded the master’s degree program in Conservation Biology. As a generalist, Wessels’ interests include forest, desert, alpine, and arctic ecosystems, as well as geomorphology, evolutionary ecology, complex systems science, and the interface of landscape and culture. His background in ecology and complexity allows Tom to apply the principles of self-organization and co-evolution to examine human systems, such as the workings of an organization or even an economic system. His books include Reading the Forested LandscapeThe Granite LandscapeUntamed VermontThe Myth of Progress, Forest Forensics, and Granite, Fire, and Fog: The Natural and Cultural History of Acadia. Tom has conducted workshops on ecology and sustainability throughout the United States for over three decades.

What’s involved: We will walk sections of the Beaver Byway trail, stopping often to discuss ecological features and historical land usage at different spots along the trail. The terrain on the Beaver Byway includes packed earth and exposed roots. Additional accessibility information will be provided closer to the event.

What to bring: Water, weather-appropriate clothing and footwear, and a way to take notes (i.e. camera, smartphone, or a journal).

What not to bring: Please, no dogs.

Please choose the sliding scale registration option that works best for you! If the registration rates pose a barrier to your participation, please contact [email protected] for information about a no-cost option.

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June 1
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Hand Hollow (4079 County Road 9)
4079 County Road 9
East Chatham, NY 12060 United States
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