Greetings! My name is Katie and I am a new user here on ENTS. I have been doing research on the old-growth forests for the past year or so--especiallay those small patches of old-growth in Indiana. I am extremely passionate about Old-growth forests and am intrigued by the histories of these small areas of old-growth in a state has been nearly entirely logged. Why were these particular spots allowed to continue developing? How have attitudes about old-growth and preservation changed over time? What does these small areas of ancient forest offer us that other forests do not?
In particular, I have focused much of my research on the Pioneer Mothers Memorial Forest in Paoli, Indiana. This fall on September 25, 2010 there will be a celebration there with speakers from around the midwest, including one of the leading experts on midwestern old-growth Professor Ori Loucks from Miami University, Ohio. Look for it in the Events coming up!
I am currently searching out organizations that can help fund this event so if anyone has ideas about this let me know!