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a Round Lobed Hepatica in Wiessner Woods

Time Travels through Nature: A Guided Walk

April 11th | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

SLT's Summer Naturalist, Krista, is back and will be leading walks this spring at the Mill Trail! Discover the farm, mill, and ski inn history at the Mill Trail along forested trails on this naturalist-guided walk.

Dress to be outdoors. Meet at the Mill Trail Property trailhead on Notchbrook Road ½ mile up from Route 108. All ages welcome. Directions --> 

For more information or to RSVP, give us a call at (802) 253-7221 or send us an email.

Wiessner Woods an Outdoor Classroom

Kristen, SLT's Conservation Program Manager, and Stowe High School teacher, Don McDowell, worked with Don’s AP Environmental Studies class to set up a long-term forest study at Wiessner Woods at the end of January. Students inventoried and measured trees in permanent plots, collecting data that creates a snapshot of the composition and condition of the forest which will be tracked over time. Of particular interest, the students documented that a high proportion of trees in the forest are big (greater than 20" in diameter) and there are some very big (greater than 30” in diameter) trees also present.  This characteristic combined with other features (lots of logs and cavity trees, and a developing understory) are all indicative of a much older and more complex forest than we typically find across much of VT.

The information that students collect will be used to build a database. “The real beauty of this is to have future students look at the data years from now and see how it’s changed,” McDowell said. “What is Stowe going to look like? What is the forest going to look like? What will be the effects of climate change?”

See the Stowe Reporter's article on the project here: Stowe Reporter.

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Located on the corner of Upper Hollow Road and Stowe Hollow Road, the large, historic barn at Grandview Farm is over 100 years old and can be seen in photographs of Stowe Hollow as early as 1935. Nancy Tooley purchased Grandview Farm in 1996 to restore the pastures and the barn and to raise animals.  In December of 1996, she donated a conservation easement to Stowe Land Trust on 65 acres at Grandview Farm to ensure that the land remained undeveloped.  The conservation easement includes the pasture, barn, and a large swath of forest on the hillside to the east of the barn. Read more!

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