by Barbara Walvoord
From Lathrop Lamp Post March 9, 2017
Walking in our beautiful Lathrop forests gives us a sense of peace and timelessness. Yet great stresses lie ahead for New England forests: buildings and roads; invasive plants, insects, and diseases; heavy deer browse; and climate change. In a 2016 booklet, “Increasing Forest Resiliency for an Uncertain Future,” the authors, from U Mass, U Vermont, and the USDA, identify these stresses and help landowners increase their forests’ “resiliency,” which the authors define as “The capacity of a forest to respond to a disturbance by resisting damage or stress and recovering quickly.” Resilient forests have a diversity of tree and plant species, adaptable plants, a mix of old and young trees, ample deadwood, a variety of tree arrangements from dense to sparse, and ample regeneration of species, especially those adapted to future climate conditions (www.masswoods.net).
Three recommendations from the booklet are especially salient for Lathrop: Continue reading Lathrop’s Resilient Forests