Hildene Talk Offers a Forester’s Perspective on Natural Landscape
Speakers for Hildene’s four-part series, ‘The Battenkill Valley: Reading the Natural Landscape,’ are bringing to life the 700-million-year evolution of the valley’s land, water, forests and soil continues on Saturday, April 2, from 10 to 11 a.m. Forester Alan Calfee will interpret the forested landscape and compare how it appears today with how it would have appeared in the past and how it will in the future. Calfee notes that, “The forests around us in the Battenkill Valley are an amazing and complex natural system. Our forests have developed and evolved over millions of years influenced by natural factors like climate and geology. Even more dramatic changes have occurred to our forests during the last 300 years as European settlers arrived here and cleared the land. Understanding these factors and how they have shaped our forests will help us take care of these important ecosystems into the future.” The series concludes on April 16 with Hildene horticulturist, Andrea Luchini on soil. Admission is $5. Hildene members are free. For information, call 802-367-7960.