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Williamstown, MA 01267
This program includes a film about old growth and record-size trees, followed by a discussion with Bob Leverett, the discoverer of most of them, and the filmmaker, Ray Asselin. The film tells the story of what central New England’s original forests looked like before European settlers arrived, what happened when and since they did arrive, and what old growth remnants we have today. Robert T. Leverett is the co-founder of the Native Tree Society, co-founder and President of Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest, Senior Advisor to American Forests National Champion Tree Program, co-author of the Sierra Club Guide to Ancient Forests of the Northeast, co-author of the Island Press book Eastern Old–growth Forests, Prospects for Rediscovery and Recovery. Mr. Leverett is a recognized expert in the science of measuring trees in the field for both research and sport. He is currently working on a book with co-authors Drs. Robert Van Pelt and Lee Frelich on the art and science of measuring trees in the field. He is the Chair of the DCR Forest Reserves Scientific Advisory Committee. The program is co-sponsored with the Williams College Center for Environmental Studies.