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Tom Wessels presents “Reading the Forested Landscape.”

Added on: March 28, 2014

MACHIAS, Maine – The University of Maine at Machias will present the third in its Libra Landscape Speaker Series Monday, April 14. Terrestrial ecologist and professor at Antioch University of New England, will present “Reading the Forested Landscape.” The talk begins at 7 p.m. in Portside, Kimball Hall. His talk will be followed by a guided walk on the UMM Outback trail Tuesday April 15 at 9 a.m. starting from the trailhead behind the Reynolds Center. Both events are free and open to the public.

This program is based on Tom’s book, “Reading the Forested Landscape, A Natural History of New England”.  It introduces people to approaches used to interpret a forest’s history while wandering through it.  Using evidence such as the shapes of trees, scars on their trunks, the pattern of decay in stumps, the construction of stone walls, and the lay of the land, it is possible to unravel complex stories etched into our forested landscape.  This process could easily be called forest forensics, since it is quite similar to interpreting a crime scene.

Tom Wessels is an ecologist and founding director of the master’s degree program in Conservation Biology at Antioch University New England.  Presently, he is Faculty Emeritus. Tom has conducted landscape ecology and sustainability workshops throughout the United States for over 30 years. His books include: Reading the Forested Landscape, The Granite Landscape, Untamed Vermont, The Myth of Progress, and Forest Forensics: A Field Guide to Reading the Forested Landscape.

The Libra Landscape Speaker Series at UMM is aimed at exploring the theme of landscape in diverse academic disciplines, from the visual arts, environmental studies, and anthropology, to recreation, biology, psychology, and others. The series is made possible with funding from the Libra Foundation.

For more information, contact Chad Everett at 255-1360 or

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