Climate Adaptation in the NorthWoods Demonstration Forest

Event Date: 
Friday, August 18, 2017 -
09:30 to 14:30

Climate Adaptation in the NorthWoods Demonstration Forest

Friday, August 18th, 9:30am-2:30pm; potluck cookout to follow

Climate change is impacting forests worldwide, and northern Vermont is no exception. This tour of NorthWoods Stewardship Center's 1,473 acre Guild Model Forest will focus on climate-adapted silviculture and management, showing our use of Foresters for the Birds guidelines in a 2012-13 variable retention thinning/group selection harvest in northern hardwoods, and NIACS Adaptation Workbook recommendations in a 2015-17 thinning/expanding gap irregular shelterwood in a Norway spruce plantation. If time allows we'll also visit an NRCS-funded precommercial thinning in northern hardwoods and/or invasive phragmites control areas, both planned around climate impacts. Tour will involve rough woods walking and we'll have lunch in the field (please bring your own bag lunch). We'll wrap up the day with a potluck cookout starting at 2:30pm- we'll provide the grill and burgers, bring your own beverages and a side dish to share if you'd like. Presented with the Forest Stewards Guild, Vermont Land Trust, and Audubon Vermont. Please pre-register by contacting Sam Perron at sam@northwoodscenter.org or (802)723-6551 ext. 302. CEUs pending, and overnight camping/lodging available at NorthWoods; inquire for details.