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Daytime Activities on October 15, 2011

Posted: Mon Oct 10, 2011 3:08 pm
by edfrank
Dear Friends,

For those of you who like to frolic in the forest, here is my husband Bob Leverett's description of daytime activities of the Eastern Native Tree Society on Saturday October 15:

We will meet at the Zoar Gap picnic area at 10:00AM and walk to the Elders Grove where we'll pause to watch Will Blozan and Bart Bouricius climb the 166-foot tall Tecumseh Tree to model it as part of a science research project. We'll discuss the ecology of the surrounding forest, the historic importance of the area, and look at outstanding trees. At around 3:30PM we'll leave the area and return to The Charlemont Inn, where rainforest researcher Bart Bouricius will present a slideshow on rainforest giants of the tropics, and his climbs into the canopy. From about 5:15-6:00PM we'll have Happy Hour, followed by dinner at 6:00PM and by a program of music, poetry and prose at 7:30PM. For dinner reservations ($25, not including drinks), please email

To reach the Zoar picnic area please use the following directions:

From the center of Charlemont, MA on State Route #2, go approximately 2 miles west to the Zoar-Rowe Road on the right (also known as River Road). You reach the road just before crossing the Deerfield River. Turn right and go another 2.6 miles (or close to that) to a Y where you bear left (right fork goes to Rowe). Shortly after bearing left, you go under a railroad pass. There will be a pool of water you have to drive through. Don't worry, just go slow. They deepened the bottom so large trucks carrying fill could get under the RR overpass. Drive for about a mile to the north end of the picnic area on the left. It is just before the bridge crossing the Deerfield River. You are at Zoar Gap. Find a parking spot near the Port-a-potties. We'll all assemble there.

ENTS is hosting a Forest Summit Conference at Holyoke Community College on October 13 and 14 ( if any of you are interested.

I hope you can join us for all or some of these events.

Best wishes,