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Managing for Old Growth Forest Characteristics: A Field Workshop for Professional Foresters
September 27 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
September 27, 2022
9:00 am – 3:00 pm ET
Merck Forest and Farmland Center, Rupert, Vermont
Are you a landowner? Check out the event designed for landowners and others interested in this topic: https://vlt.org/events/old-forest-workshop-for-landowners/
SAF CE credits will be available to qualifying participants.
This full-day session will train professional foresters in managing for old-growth forest characteristics. The day will begin indoors with a review of concepts. How do we recognize old-growth (or old) forests, and what are their characteristics? Why do we desire more of these characteristics on the landscape?
In the field we will discuss strategies for potential assessment and management. Do we recognize the features of old forest? When is it appropriate to manage? When is it best to take a hands-off approach? How do we assess landowner goals and integrate these with broader conservation goals? If management is warranted, what are some methods for achieving the desired conditions?
The day will be led by Paul Catanzaro and Dr. Tony D’Amato, authors of a new update to a document on Managing for Old Growth Characteristics, to be published this fall. Vermont Land Trust and Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation will be involved in the discussion, as will all foresters present.