After a long weekend we were back full of energy and tales of adventures of our weekends. Today we worked indoors on Tunbridge project and continued to work on where we left on Thursday. Biota/ Natural History group was assigned the task of formatting document structure for Tunbridge project, Public Resource team was assigned to design map template for all maps and Historical/ Cultural/ Agricultural Soils group was assigned the task of editing the document. While the crew worked indoors on maps and write-ups, the Historical/ Cultural/ Agricultural Soils group made visit to the Map Room, Special Collections, and the Periodicals at the Bailey Howe Library at the
We continued to work on our Tunbridge project. Different groups worked on maps, interpretation of maps, online research, and additional write-ups. Around noon, the lands crew gathered around the table to talk about interesting things they found in modified website of Land Trust Alliance. Highlights of this modified website were about LTA being responsible for providing guidance to the collaborative effort of Natureserve and National Geographic to develop a new website called “Landscope America” that will allow people to explore nature from their desktop in the most striking and useful ways, conservation defense, interpretive toolbars and more. Today the Historical/ Cultural/ Agricultural Soils team had an opportunity to converse via phone with Euclid Farnham, town historian of Tunbridge. He had interesting tales about the Whitneys and the history of Whitney Hill. In the afternoon, the lands crew met up with Kevin Case, the Acting director of Northeast Region for Land Trust Alliance. He presented to the crew a slideshow on Land Trusts in New England and
Finally after two days of work indoors, the crew was excited to work outdoors and meet with Vermont Youth Conservation Corps. We were ready to hit the road in the morning with our hardhat, rain gear and lunch. We headed towards
This morning we had an opportunity to meet with Cecilia Danks, professor of environmental policy at the
Without wasting any time we headed for the Little Hogback Community forest to do more forest inventory. This time we had chance to work using prism and diameter tape. In tree inventory, wedge prism is used to calculate the basal area of a stand and diameter tape allows one to take diameter at breast height which gives the measurement of diameter of tree trunk. Today we worked in groups of three and went to assigned plots. We took the measurements of in trees and every other borderline tree and identified the tree species and also noted down whether they were live trees with full crown, or declining trees or dead standing trees. We came across various tree species such as butternut, black cherry, chestnut oak, sweet birch and shagbark hickory and herbaceous Indian pipe in the understory. After finishing inventorying plots, we gathered in circle to write our reflection for this week on our perspectives on managing forest for carbon.