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The Old Growth Forest of Mount Tom

November 4, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

It’s easy to take trees for granted if you see them everyday, but our region still holds some historic forests. On Saturday, November 4 from 10 am to 1 pm, come walk among one of the Valley’s examples of old growth forest, guided by old growth forest expert and educator, Bob Leverett.Bob Leverett under tree on Mt Tom

You’ll learn about the mature forests on the Mount Tom reservation and what they contribute ecologically, historically, culturally, aesthetically, and even from a human health perspective. We’ll talk about how to identify individual tree species growing along the trail, and Bob will show you several superlative trees, including a white pine that’s more than 140 feet tall. He’ll also discuss how he measures trees for championship competitions, and what we know about the ages of Mount Tom’s trees. And, we’ll talk about where the woodlands of Mount Tom fit in with carbon sequestration and the impact of climate change.

This program is free, but is limited to 25 participants. Registration is required, below. The rain date is Sunday, November 5.

Old growth black birchBob Leverett is the co-founder of the Native Tree Society, the co-founder and president of Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest, Chair of DCR’s Forest Reserve Scientific Advisory Committee, co-founder of American Forests National Cadre of expert tree-measurers, and principal organizer of the Ancient Eastern Forests Conference Series. In collaboration with his colleagues, he is most closely associated with discovery and confirmation the old growth forest remnants in Massachusetts. Bob is a special advisor to the American Forests National Champion Tree Program and co-author of its tree-measuring guidelines. He is also coauthor of the Sierra Club Guide to the Ancient Forests of the Northeast along with several other books.



November 4, 2017
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Mount Tom State Reservation
125 Reservation Road
Holyoke, United States
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