New England’s Changing Forests: Free Talk at AUNE April 24

A panel of well-known foresters and ecologists will shed light on forest conservation and how forest dynamics affect New England’s landscape, on Thursday, April 24, at Antioch University New England (AUNE).

This event is free and open to the public as part of AUNE’s Speaker Series. It will take place at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at AUNE, 40 Avon Street, Keene, New Hampshire.

The panelists are:
•Tom Wessels, forest ecologist, author, and professor emeritus at AUNE, where he has been on the faculty of the Department of Environmental Studies for nearly fifteen years. He is the author of Reading the Forested Landscape; The Granite Landscape; Forest Forensics: A Field Guide to Reading the Forested Landscape, and other books.

•Swift Corwin, principal of Calhoun & Corwin Forestry LLC, based in Peterborough, New Hampshire; he is a licensed forester and  private consultant. He is an active member of the Peterborough Conservation Commission and a trustee for the Monadnock Conservancy

•Steve Roberge, forest resource educator with the University of New Hampshire  Cooperative Extension in Cheshire County and  a member of the board of trustees of the Harris Center for Conservation Education in Hancock, New Hampshire.

•Jeremy Wilson, executive director of the Harris Center for Conservation Education, and former professor at the University of Maine for eleven years.

Steve Jones, president of AUNE, who received his PhD in resources management at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York Syracuse, will moderate.

The panelists will look at the history of the region’s forests over the last 3,000 years, including the impact of global economics. They’ll discuss the challenges of managing conserved lands that are ever-changing and yet often expected to never change at all. They will leave plenty of time for questions and answers.

For more information, contact Jack Calhoun, AUNE, jcalhoun@antioch.edu or 603-283-2108.