Reading the Forested Landscape by Tom Wessels
A zoom presentation by the Cornwall Conservation Trust and the Cornwall Library.
Tom Wessels is a terrestrial ecologist and professor in Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England, where he founded a master's program in conservation biology. He is an active environmental advocate and the author of five books including Reading the Forested Landscape and Forest Forensics. His presentation will show us how to unlock the mysteries of a New England woodland. First, he will describe how to look at a forest in order to discover clues that are hidden amongst the trees and stone walls. Examples will be photos taken in Cornwall. Why does this particular woodland look like it does at present? What did it look like in the recent past? What disturbances caused the changes that we are seeing? Tom will show how “simple observable evidence within a forest can be used to show its past history”. Walk with Tom through photographs of our forests and learn how to be a forest detective.