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Great Trees and Forests of the Northeast, Past and Present

April 18, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Kestrel is pleased to join Northeast Wilderness Trust in co-sponsoring this virtual talk with special guests Bob Leverett and Monica Jakuc Leverett.

On April 18 at 5:30 pm, “Old-growth forest evangelist” Bob Leverett will take us on a virtual tour of treasured trees and forests in New England and New York. We’ll learn about the many values of old-growth forests, from both a scientific and spiritual perspective. Bob’s wife and partner Monica will offer supporting insights. This presentation is a must-see for all of our tree-huggers out there.

Bob Leverett is co-discoverer of most of the known old growth in Massachusetts. Co-author of several books, including the Sierra Club Guide to Ancient Forests of the Northeast, he has been the central figure in the Ancient Eastern Forests Conference Series. Bob is co-founder of the Native Tree Society, co-founder and President of Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest, and Chair of the Massachusetts DCR Forest Reserves Science Advisory Committee. Educated as an engineer, he is a recognized expert in the discipline of measuring trees for both science and sport. Currently, he is working with climate scientists to help measure carbon sequestration in individual trees, and is devising a carbon analysis tool for NEWT and others.

Monica Jakuc Leverett is a retired professor of music at Smith College, where she taught from 1969-2008. She is a classical music concert pianist. In addition, as Bob’s partner and wife, she has spent the last 18 years exploring forests with him, helping organize his work and events, and editing his writings. She is Clerk/Treasurer of Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest. Bob and Monica have established the Monica and Bob Leverett Forever-Wild Fund at Kestrel Land Trust.

Kestrel’s Executive Director, Kristin DeBoer, serves on the board of Northeast Wilderness Trust.


Bob Leverett is the co-founder of the Native Tree Society, President of Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest, and chairperson for the MA Dept. of Conservation & Recreation Forest Reserves Scientific Advisory Committee. Monica Jakuc Leverett is a pianist andElsie Irwin Sweeney Professor Emerita of Music at Smith College, where she taught from 1969 until 2008.


April 18, 2023
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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