Woodland Resilience for Wildlife: A Walktober Virtual Event
Sat. Oct. 3 from 10 to 11:15 am
Tour The Fen (Woodstock CT) via Zoom

Event info: https://thelastgreenvalley.org/directory-events/woodland-resilience-for-wildlife/

Join a Zoom virtual tour of The Fen, a 30-acre private wildlife refuge managed by Bet and Patrick Smith in Woodstock. This 75-minute program will include photos and videos about bird boxes, invasive plants and brush piles focused on enhancing habitat. Forester Eric Hansen of Ferrucci & Walicki will discuss recent thinning and patch cuts to improve forest health and resilience. The Smiths will curate clips from wildlife cams starring critters that visit The Fen.

Register to receive Zoom link by emailing lhayden@NewEnglandForestry.org or calling 978-952-6856, ext. 121. Sponsored by Bet & Patrick Smith; and Lisa Hayden, Outreach Manager, New England Forestry Foundation, www.newenglandforestry.org

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Forest management from a landowner’s perspective (webinar)
featuring The Fen in Woodstock CT

Foresters often talk with landowners about the value of working with a professional in managing their land, but professionals frequently do not get candid feedback from their clients. What is the experience of taking care of a property and working with a forester, from the owner’s perspective?

Landowners Bet and Patrick Smith of rural northeastern Connecticut will share how they came to own and steward their woodland and will discuss their experiences and lessons learned from working with different private and public foresters. We will also be joined by Connecticut NRCS District Conservationist Bill Purcell, who has worked with the Smiths and many other landowners and is familiar with common issues that can arise.

This “flipped” webinar will be a good opportunity for foresters and allied professionals to learn from landowners and participate in a facilitated discussion about how we can best work in partnership.

The event is part of a larger USDA Forest Service tri-state grant project focused on Increasing Resiliency in Southern New England Oak Forests.

WATCH THE VIDEO VERSION ON YOUTUBE at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8NvDoQK2pw

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ECFLA/WDLT organizes several events throughout the year, mostly in the spring, summer and fall months. Check back here for upcoming programs.

Important Notice to Members of Eastern Connecticut Forest Landowners
Association and Wolf Den Land Trust:

SAVE THE DATE: ECFLA & WDLT Annual Meeting

10:00 am – 1:00 pm – POSTPONED TO SEPTEMBER 19, 2020!

Charter Oak Tree Farm, 155 Pautipaug Hill Road Sprague CT

This year the Annual Meeting will be at Charter Oak Tree Farm owned and managed by CT DEEP Wildlife Biologist Peter Picone and his family. We’ll tour of the property and Peter will describe their work to improve the habitat quality and quantity on the property with a focus on species of plants important to wildlife. Note that this tour provides the in-field session (part 2) of the program he presented to ECFLA/WDLT members in February.

Following the tour we’ll hold our Annual Meeting. As in previous years, cold drinks and snacks will be provided. Please bring your own bag lunch and camp chair.

A flyer will be mailed in early May so look for that with more information, directions and RSVP contact.

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