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Introduction to the Forests of The Fells

Wednesday, June 1, 4-7pm
From seedlings and saplings to snags and stumps—this hike will interpret the forests at The Fells using trees as clues to regional forest history. Where are the oldest trees at The Fells and where are the youngest—and why? What factors—both natural and cultural—shaped the forests and wildlife habitats? Learn how local and regional disturbance histories, coupled with natural forest succession, shaped tree species composition at The Fells. Which tree species colonized former pastures? Which trees established in the shade of preceding forests? How did the Hurricane of ’38, a decade of sporadic fires that followed and the more recent ice storms shape local forests? What new factors including climate, weather and exotic insect pests could affect future forest health and species composition? A moderate walk of about 1.5 miles along trails at The Fells, with off-trail exploration along the shore of Lake Sunapee and returning uphill on the Ecology Trail along Beech Brook to the Gate House. SPNHF and Fells members $10, non-members $15. Advance registration required. Bring water and a snack. To register, call 603-763-4789 x3. Meet at the Welcome Kiosk. Co-sponsored by the Society for the Protection of NH Forests and The Fells.