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Managing Young Forests to be Like Old Forests
January 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
January 21, 2023
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Hinesburg Town Forest
Hinesburg, Vermont (Location details will be provided after registration.)
The vast majority of Vermont’s forests are young, having been cleared within the last 200 years. While old forests once dominated Vermont’s landscape, they are now extremely uncommon: accounting for less than 1% of the forests in our state. Besides being rare, old forests are also unique: diverse and resilient, providing important habitat opportunities for wildlife. While allowing some forests to develop into old forests naturally is important, it is also possible to use forest management to make Vermont’ s relatively young forests more like old forests, creating many of the unique conditions and habitats found in old forests centuries sooner than they would naturally occur.
Join Ethan Tapper, the Chittenden County Forester and a Guild member, and Allaire Diamond, ecologist with the Vermont Land Trust, for a visit of a forest management project at the Hinesburg Town Forest which aspires to use forest management as a tool to make relatively a relatively young forest more like an old forest while also creating diverse wildlife habitat, protecting biodiversity, and increasing the forest’s health and its resilience in a changing climate.