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Natural History of Brewer Brook Forest with Laurie Sanders
October 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Forests are one of our most effective natural tools for fighting climate change. Large forested areas that are mostly unbroken by roads and other development are also beneficial for providing enough space for wildlife to live and roam. The newly conserved Collins property, spanning nearly 350 acres in the heart of the Brewer Brook Forest, is one of the largest areas of unbroken forest in the Pioneer Valley. On Saturday, October 19, from 10 am to noon, join Laurie Sanders, naturalist and environmental consultant, to explore this newly conserved area in Westhampton and Williamsburg.
This conservation project is an important partnership between Kestrel Land Trust, Hilltown Land Trust, the MA Department of Fish and Game, the Town of Westhampton, and five private landowners. The Brewer Brook Forest provides critical habitat for wildlife ranging from black bear and moose to deer, turkey, coyotes, bobcat, fisher cats, turtles, and porcupines. During this hike, you’ll experience a forest that science shows to have high climate-change resilience, and is an important corridor for wildlife between New York into southern Vermont.
This outing will be strenuous, with lots of climbing over rocks and downed logs. The two-hour loop hike includes great views, a beaver pond, and an introduction to the elaborate network of trails.
Space is limited to 20 participants, and registration is required. Carpooling is recommended.
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