2023 Fall Meeting Program Highlights

Guest Speaker

Charles D. Canham, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, Emeritus
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Author of Forests Adrift: Currents Shaping the Future of Northeastern Trees

Forests Adrift: Ecological Legacies and Modern Currents that Will Shape Eastern Forests

Description: Drawing from his recent book Forests Adrift, Charles Canham will sketch both the ecological legacies and modern currents that will shape the future of eastern forests.  It is not possible to understand where our forests are headed without accounting for the legacies of centuries of changes in land use and forest management.  While the impacts of climate change rightly dominate headlines, the effects on eastern forests will take place in the context of the many other currents that will determine the future distribution and abundance of eastern tree species.  Those include both the intrinsic process of forest succession, and many human threats, including air pollution, invasive species, and the ever-expanding list of introduced forest pests and pathogens.

About the speaker: Charles Canham is a Senior Scientist, Emeritus at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, where he has been on the scientific staff since 1984.  He has a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University, and a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Botany from Montana State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, respectively.  His primary research interests have focused on the ecology and management of temperate forests, particularly in the Northeastern U.S., and is the author of Forests Adrift: Currents Shaping the Future of Northeastern Trees.

Perspectives on Land Protection and Easements

Jack​ Stefferud       
Senior Director of Land Protection
Natural Lands | Media, PA

Amanda Burkard-Sell
Agriculture Program Manager
Berks Co. Dept. of Agriculture | Leesport, PA

Larry Lloyd
Senior Ecologist
Berks Nature | Reading, PA

Castanea Farms – Chestnut Processing Facility
Rick Hartlieb, Chapter President will lead a tour of the processing facilities at his chestnut farm.

Screening of the American chestnut documentary, Clear Day Thunder