Old Forest Ecology- Biodiversity University
September 7 @ 9:00 AM - September 8 @ 5:00 PM$285
Old forests capture a special place in our imagination, and they provide important ecological functions, especially in a changing climate. In this course, we will visit some of the few remaining patches of old forest in Vermont. We start by considering the history of Vermont’s forests, and learn why old forests are now so rare on the landscape. We will discuss and explore the unique characteristics of old forests, and we will learn how to recognize old forests in a variety of ecological settings. We’ll decide whether an old forest needs to have old trees, and in what circumstances they might not. We will identify indicator mosses and lichens, dig into the biotically rich soils, and use an increment borer to study tree rings. Finally, we will reflect upon the science and practice of conserving and restoring old forests in the Northeast.
Part of NBNC’s Biodiversity University series.