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Explore a Floodplain Forest with Laurie Sanders
June 16, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Floodplain forests are one of the rarest habitat types in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and because of the frequency of flooding, they support a unique suite of plant species that have evolved to withstand days, weeks or sometimes months of flooding. On Saturday, June 16, from 9:30 am – 11:30 am, join Laurie Sanders, naturalist and environmental consultant, to learn more about these special areas.
On this excursion, we’ll visit one of the largest patches of floodplain forest remaining in the Valley along the Connecticut River in Hadley. You’ll learn about its unusual site history, become familiar with the identification of the most common plants, and get a better sense of how subtle changes in terrain, hydrology and soil characteristics profoundly influence the vegetation patterns.
The walk will follow a level farm road to state-owned conservation land. Be prepared for mosquitoes.
Space is limited to 20 participants, and registration is required. No rain date.
This program is free, though donations are welcome and encouraged during our Spring Membership Drive.