Forestry in Practice with Jeff Ward and Mike Berry
October 7 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday, October 7, 2023
We offer this stellar opportunity to learn about forestry practices in the Five Ponds area of the Foundation with Dr. Jeff Ward and WMF Forest Manager Mike Berry. After meeting your hosts at the trail head, walk past Beaver Pond and learn about the 2020-2021 harvest to learn about tree species that live in a young forest. You’ll then be guided to an area of the shelterwood cut in 1984 followed by the over storey removal in 200-2001. Learn about the wildlife in the area and how they benefit from forestry practices and what a clear cut area looks like 23 after it was harvested. There’s even more! You’ll visit 3-year old, 23-year old, and 39-year old stands. In the end you’ll walk through unmanaged forests to experience the difference.
About Dr. Jeff Ward, Department of Environmental Science and Forestry, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station: Dr. Ward has expertise in identification and life histories of native trees and shrubs, forest management, invasive shrub control, plantation establishment, and forest nursery operation. He is knowledgeable about the natural history of Connecticut, landscape maintenance, and methods of reducing deer browse damage.
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Meet at the trailhead at the intersections of Routes 63 and 61. The program is FREE but you must pre-register by calling 860-567-0857 or online: Forestry in Practice Registration
Donations will be accepted to help defray the Conservation Center’s programming expenses.