This Sunday: Tom Wessels on “Reading the Forested Landscape”

Please join us this Sunday, May 1 at 2:00pm for a workshop by Tom Wessels, “Reading the Forested Landscape: A Natural History of New England.” The event, which the Charlemont Historical Society is co-sponsoring with the Tyler Memorial Library, will be held at Hawlemont Regional Elementary School, 10 School Street, Charlemont, MA. 
wesselstomTom Wessels is an ecologist and founding director of the master’s degree program in Conservation Biology at Antioch University New England. Based on Tom’s book, Reading the Forested Landscape: A Natural History of New England, this workshop introduces approaches used to interpret a forest’s history. Using evidence such as the shapes of trees, scars on their trunks, the pattern of decay in stumps, the construction of stone walls, and the lay of the land, it is possible to unravel complex stories etched into our forested landscape. This process could easily be called forest forensics, since it is quite similar to interpreting a crime scene.

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