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Healthy Forests in Central Mass: Keeping It Green

June 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Hemlock Tree with Sampling Hoses - photo by John HirschMetacomet Land Trust will host a free program on Thursday, June 14th at 7:00 p.m. at the Sutton Town Hall to look at current research on New England’s forests and how landowners can manage their land for the future.

Photographer John Hirsch and Ecologist Jason Aylward, of the Harvard Forest, team up to present photographs and newest research on the Wildlands and Woodlands vision for our forest landscapes.

Jay Aylward is a research technician for Harvard Forest working on the Wildlands and Woodlands vision. His focus is on the ways in which a forest changes over time. More specifically, how management, deer pressure, and invasive pests influence those dynamics. He has a bachelor’s degree from Paul Smith’s College and a master’s from University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has conducted vegetation work from Western British Columbia to the Mojave Desert and the Northern Rocky Mountains.

Jay will provide an update on the latest “Wildlands and Woodlands” released in September 2017, is a broadened vision that not only looks toward the basic goal of protecting 70% of New England in forests by 2060, but also calls for protecting 7% of the landscape in farmland, and makes additional recommendations for slowing and shifting development in a way that maintains the connection between communities and the land that sustains them. The Wildlands and Woodlands reports, and the Harvard Forest research supporting them, have led to significant policy changes in Massachusetts and increased conservation funding throughout New England, and are becoming increasingly relevant at the federal level and in other regions across the country.

Photographer John Hirsch is the author of “And Again: Photographs from the Harvard Forest” which portrays both the beauty of the forest in Petersham and the work of the teams of scientists conducting research there. “The forest is a microcosm for the world in which we live and begins to help us envision the future we may inhabit,” Hirsch writes.

A psychology major turned photographer and educator, John Hirsch received a professional certificate in photography from The Maine Photographic Workshops in 2002. He has taught photography workshops in Maine and Boston and is presently teaching at Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, MA. John’s work is rooted in a documentary style, illuminating quiet moments in emergent or changing societies as well as allowing us to probe and reflect on the ideas of community, recreation and land use in the American psyche.

Sutton Town Hall is located at 4 Uxbridge Road in Sutton.

The Metacomet Land Trust is a non-profit conservation organization serving 15 communities in south central Massachusetts. The land trust is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018 with the theme “We love where we live!” To find out more about land conservation and how you can get involved in protecting natural spaces, please visit, friend us on Facebook or call 508-271-7131.


June 14, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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Sutton Town Hall
4 Uxbridge Road
Sutton, 01590 United States
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