Topic: Western Maryland through the eyes of an old-growth tree: the role of old-growth forests as ecological records
Speaker: Karen Heeter, Graduate Student, Biology Department, Frostburg State University
Heeter’s program will focus on her discovering and documenting remnant stands of old-growth forest on Dans Mountain, Allegany County, MD. These unique and often illusive stands are the rarest seral stage of forest in Maryland today, and provide an extensive ecological record in the form of tree rings. She will floristically characterize old-growth forest found on Dans Mountain, demonstrate what important ecological processes can be seen within tree rings, and discuss what the discovery of old-growth forest in western Maryland means for the future management of our regional forests.
This free program will begin promptly at 7:00 pm; the public is welcome to attend.
Directions: From I-68 take exit 33 (Braddock Rd & Midlothian Rd exit). Follow Braddock Road approximately 1.3 miles to stop sign. Turn left onto Park Avenue. Drive a short distance and turn left, following signs for the Compton Parking Lot.
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