Sunday, August 05, 2012

Forest Management: Seeing the Forest and the Trees

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History's 9th annual conservation symposium this year will focus this year on our forests.  The museum staff has lined up a great slate of field trips, speakers and workshops to help answer important questions about how we manage our forests in Ohio and beyond.  Guests include Dr. Cindy Hale, who will present a workshop on Thursday September 6 on the Invasive Earthworm Rapid Assessment Tool.  During the presentations of Friday September 7, guests include Dr. Joan Maloof, author of Among the Ancients:  Adventures in the Eastern Old-Growth Forests, and Dr. Michael Saunders, who will present "Ten Little Things to Increase Forest Resiliency".

And don't forget field trips, on Thursday and Saturday, including visits to Hadlock Preserve, Singer Lake, Grand River Terraces, and Cox Preserve, all fantastic areas harboring a great deal of biodiversity.  I'm not going to be able to make this years conference, and I feel like I'm going to miss quite a bit!  Sign up now at the museum's website.



  1. Two things to increase forest resiliency:

    1) stop (as a professional community) pretending that 40 year old red maple forests are the equivalent of an old growth American Chestnut stand, or a 1,000 year old Baldcypress swamp.

    2) stop (as the environmental community) pretending that planting trees = cleaning up an underground haz mat dump upstream of a municipal water supply. Trees are great. Trees > no trees. But they don't solve all the world's environmental problems - which happen to be vastly more expensive to fix than planting trees.

  2. Thanks for the "heads up," Tom. I doubt that I can make it since I have a teaching obligation on Fridays in the autumn, but it looks really appealing. I reviewed Joan Maloof's book for the Natural Areas Journal, but the review hasn't been published yet. An interesting a very personal account of her interaction with old-growth.