October 18, 2020 –
We all know what it means to be a healthy person, but how can you tell if you are in a healthy forest? A forester, an ecologist, and a hiker will likely give different answers based on their perspectives. It’s an important question for a land owner to consider because it will guide choices in how they make management decisions. During a 2-mile walk with stunning views of the Taconic Mountains, conservation biologist Jim Arrigoni will describe how factors like land-use history and insect pest outbreaks shape the forests around us, as well as the ways scientists measure different characteristics of the forest in the same way your doctor collects information about you during a physical.