Old Growth Forests:
What They Are, How Wildlife Use Them, and Opportunities for Management
Friday, June 26; 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Old growth forests can be loosely defined as forested ecosystems which have developed somewhat independently over a long time, usually at least several centuries. In addition to being beautiful demonstrations of how forests naturally grow and develop, old growth forests are incredibly valuable for our landscape. They are diverse and resilient, feature amazing habitat opportunities for wildlife, provide clean air and clean water and store more carbon than the relatively young forests that dominate Vermont’s landscape today. Vermont contains very little old growth forest today, although ecologists have placed an ideal target of at 6.7% of Vermont’s landscape (9% of our forests) to be maintained as “old forest.”
Join Sue Morse, of Keeping Track, and Ethan Tapper, the Chittenden County Forester, for a discussion of old growth forests. Sue is the founder and science director of Keeping Track. She is a respected tracker, naturalist, educator and wildlife photographer. Sue is also the sole proprietor of a 4-generation family business – Morse and Morse Forestry and Wildlife Consultants.
Sue will discuss the role of permanently conserved wildlands and their contribution to wildlife habitat.
In addition to allowing forests to grow and develop into old growth on their own, new research has highlighted opportunities to manage forests actively to become more like old growth forests sooner than they would naturally. Combined with an ecological forestry approach, this presents an opportunity to manage forests while increasing biodiversity, resiliency and overall health. Ethan will discuss opportunities for employing this approach across Vermont’s landscape.
This event will begin with brief presentations but reserve most of the hour for Q&A. Please come with your questions about old growth, wildlife, forests and forestry for Sue and Ethan!
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