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VT Old Growth, Carbon, and Forest Management at the Hinesburg Town Forest
March 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
“Old Growth” is a term that is familiar to many, although most have never seen it. The definition of”old-growth” forests is somewhat contentious in the forestry world, generally accepted to mean
forests that have developed somewhat independent of human disturbance for a very long time.
Studying our region’s remnant old-growth forests gives us clues as to how forests grow and developindependent of human influence, in turn giving us a roadmap for how to manage forests better. At the same time, climate change and other modern threats force us to look forward, crafting resilient forests that can be an asset in sequestering and storing carbon, among many other benefits, in light of these challenges. While it may seem unintuitive, forest management can help steer Vermont’s relatively young forests to a condition that more closely resembles old growth, simultaneously improving wildlife habitat, the health and resilience of the forest, carbon sequestration and storage, and producing local renewable resources.
Join Dr. Tony D’Amato, of the University of Vermont, and Ethan Tapper, the Chittenden County
Forester, for a walk through an active timber harvest at the Hinesburg Town Forest. We will discuss old-growth forests, carbon sequestration and storage, and how the management of the HTF seeks to actively create healthier forests through encouraging old-growth attributes over time. Dr. D’Amato has been involved with research and outreach related to these topics for the past two decades, including working with students, foresters, and other partners to translate an understanding of old-growth forests into on-the-ground actions for attaining multiple benefits.
The HTF is an 864-acre forest owned by the Town of Hinesburg and managed for wildlife,
recreation, water, air, carbon sequestration, and as a site for the demonstration of modern,
responsible forest management.
To attend this walk, meet at 1 PM on March 14 at the plow turnaround at the end of Economou Road in Huntington, VT. This walk will happen “rain (snow, mud) or shine.” Participants should be ready to spend a couple hours outdoors walking over uneven and potentially slippery surfaces in whatever weather we find ourselves in, and also to spend extended periods of time standing and talking. Please bring an open mind, warm clothes, and all those questions you’ve never had a chance to ask about old growth, forest carbon, logging, and forest management.