March 6, 2024

Reading the Forest Landscape - Tom Wessels is coming to Bridgton

About the Event

Community members are welcome to join us for this amazing opportunity to learn from one of the leading terrestrial ecologists of our time! The workshop will focus on interesting aspects of our regional forests including: tree identification along with unique adaptations of our local species, how to interpret a forest's history, coevolved interrelationships between trees and other species and how these interactions create resilient, stable ecosystems. You can get a sense of the event by watching Tom's YouTube videos.

About Tom Wessels

Tom Wessels is a terrestrial ecologist and professor emeritus at Antioch University New England, where he founded the master’s degree program in Conservation Biology. As a generalist, Tom’s interests include forest, desert, alpine, and arctic ecosystems, as well as geomorphology, evolutionary ecology, complex systems science, and the interface of landscape and culture. His background in ecology and complexity allows Tom to apply the principles of self-organization and co-evolution as a means to examine human systems, such as the workings of an organization or even an economic system. His books include: Reading the Forested Landscape, The Granite Landscape, Untamed Vermont, The Myth of Progress, and Forest Forensics, and Granite, Fire, and Fog: The Natural and Cultural History of Acadia. Tom has conducted workshops on ecology and sustainability throughout the United States for more than three decades.

Event Details

Friday, April 19, 2024
9:00-12:00 (walk), 12:00-1:00 (Q&A)
Peabody-Fitch Woods & Narramissic Farm

  • Bring your own bag lunch, light refreshments will be provided.
  • Some off-trail walking may be included.
  • Minimum donation of $40 requested as part of registration.
  • Tom will bring copies of his various books to offer for sale and signing to anyone who may have an interest. Payment via cash and check.
  • Space is limited and registration is required to attend.

Please note: this event is expected to fill up quickly. Donations are non-refundable. If you can no longer attend the event, please let us know as soon as possible so we can fill your spot.


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