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Eastern Old Growth Forests
May 4, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday, May 3, 2021
7:00 PM ET
Eastern Old Growth Forests: What They Are, Why They’re Important, and Opportunities for Management (webinar)
Old growth forests are forested ecosystems which have developed somewhat independently for a long time, usually at least several centuries. In addition to being beautiful demonstrations of how forests naturally grow and develop, old growth forests are unique and valuable for our landscape. They are diverse and resilient, feature amazing habitat opportunities for wildlife, provide clean air and clean water and store more carbon than the relatively young forests that dominate Vermont’s landscape today. Vermont contains very little old growth forest, although ecologists have placed an ideal target of at 6.7% of Vermont’s landscape (9% of our forests) to be maintained as “old forest.”
Join the Jericho-Underhill Land Trust for a presentation by Ethan Tapper, the Chittenden County Forester, on eastern old growth forests. Ethan will discuss what old growth forests are like (it may surprise you!), why they should be important to us, and what our role may be in helping develop new old growth on our landscape.
In addition to allowing forests to grow and develop into old growth on their own, new research has highlighted opportunities to manage forests actively to become more like old growth forests sooner than they would naturally. Combined with an ecological forestry approach, this presents an opportunity to manage forests while increasing biodiversity, resiliency and overall health. Ethan will also discuss opportunities for employing this approach across Vermont’s landscape.