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February 4 @ 11:30 am - 12:20 pm
Dr. James Wolfe, Professor of Biology at Houghton College, will be reporting on his Fall 2019 sabbatical research.
Abstract: When Allegany County was settled by Europeans after the Revolutionary War, they found a landscape almost completely dominated by forests, except for wetlands and patches of land devoted to Native American agriculture. Within one century, only 10% of the county was forested, primarily as second-growth forest. Using records from the two major land purchases (Holland and Phelps and Gorham), the composition of the original forest can be reconstructed, a forest which we would characterize today as northern hardwoods. While 60% of the county today is forested, today’s forest composition is different than the original and will continue to change due to various human impacts from introduced species and past forest management practices.