Harvard Ecologist Discussing Forest Changes At Redding Event

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REDDING, Conn. – Highstead, a nonprofit conservation organization in Redding, is holding its Members Open Day featuring a discussion about New England’s forests with Harvard University ecologist Jonathan Thompson on Saturday, June 7.

A staff-guided trail walk led by Highstead ecologist Ed Faison and operations director Geordie Elkins will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by Thompson’s discussion from 1 to 2 p.m. Highstead trails will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for self-guided tours.

Thompson, a senior ecologist at the Harvard Forest and lead author of “Changes to the Land: Four Scenarios for the Future of the Massachusetts Landscape,” will lead the talk titled “Land-use Decisions and the Future of New England’s Forests.”

The event is free and open to both members and the public.

The Highstead Laurel Collection, which has more than 70 forms and cultivars of kalmia latifolia, (commonly called mountain-laurel calico-bush or spoonwood) will be at peak bloom during the event.

Space is limited. RSVP at 203-938-8809 or jcologgi@highstead.net.

More information about the event can be found at highstead.net/programs/.

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