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Old Growth – Biodiversity University
July 17 @ 9:00 AM - July 18 @ 5:00 PM$265
Instructed by Liz Thompson & Bob Zaino
$265 | Full – Join the waitlist at the link below
Financial Support Available | Prof. Dev. CEUs available.
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 will 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 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 Vermont.