Many people have been apprised of the value of early successional growth that results from commercial timber harvests. The following from Tom Wessels is another perspective that is in support of the ecosystem that an older forest provides:
There has been lots of research at both the Harvard Forest in Petersham, MA and the Hubbard Brook Research Station in NH regarding how older forests sequester carbon to a far greater degree than younger forests. I am sure there is also good research on the relationship between forest disturbance and increase in invasive exotics although I haven't delved into that. The key to countering there argument is that whenever we manage for certain species, like early successional wildlife, we also are managing in ways that are detrimental to other late successional species. Also what makes Pisgah so unique at a larger landscape-scale is exactly the large array of older forests it holds that is very different from the rest of Cheshire County.
Tom Wessels is a terrestrial ecologist and a professor at Antioch University New England in the Department of Environmental Studies, where he founded a master's program in conservation biology. He is the author of three books and is an active environmentalist.
FOP Council Attending: Kathy Thatcher, Gary Montgomery, Bob Smith, John Hudachek, John Herrick, John Summers, Matt Edson, Norma Reppucci, Laurel Powell, James Nikiforakis, Kim Nilsen
: There were 32 members of the FOP, including Council members, present.
The 2012 Annual FOP meeting at the Hinsdale Millstream Community Center was called to order at 7:05 by President Kathy Thatcher.
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Gary Montgomery, Kathy Thatcher, Friends of Pisgah trails chief John Herrick, Jon Thatcher, Krister Raasoch, Peggy Kipp and John Hudachek met at the Kilburn trail head at 10:00. We hiked the road to Kilburn Pond where we split into two groups.
The Monadnock Conservancy , Antioch University, Horatio Colony Preserve and The Chesterfield Conservation Commission for
ANOTHER TASTE OF THE GREENWAY”
Sunday October 21, 2012
Krister Raasoch, Gary Montgomery, Matt Edson, John Hudachek and trails chief John Herrick gathered at the Horseshoe Trailhead to finish cleaning up brush and trees on the road leading to the Horseshoe Trailhead. Gary Montgomery brought his lawn mower and cut the grass around the Harlan Fiste Stone's birthplace foundation and the entrance to the park.