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Reading the Forested Landscape in Upton

Following a program on Reading the Forested Landscape by noted ecologist Tom Wessels the group gathered for a photo at the Pilkington's Quarry site in the Upton State Forest. Mike Penko photo



The Friends of the Upton State Forest

Clouds, the threat of showers and an impending hurricane did not dampen the enthusiasm of the 51 people who enjoyed a late October program by noted ecologist, Tom Wessels about Reading the Forested Landscape in Upton. In the morning, there was a slide presentation at the Upton VFW where we learned how to read clues in the landscape to determine how land was used in the past. Following a break for lunch, we met at the CCC Headquarters building at Upton State Forest where members of Friends of Upton State Forest had displays of historic pictures of the CCC Camp, logging, the District schoolhouse and foundations throughout the forest. On a hike into the forest, Wessels pointed out features along the trails that indicated what had happened there.

About half of the group was from Upton, with others coming from other area towns, plus Belchertown, Petersham, Buzzards Bay, and Cambridge. Volunteers assisting included David Kennedy, Agnita and Bill Knott, Chris Scott, Ellen Arnold, Marcella Stasa, Bill Taylor, Tom and Cathy Dodd, Mike Penko, Larry and Donna Doucette. Gerry Lemire, and Ann Cook. Park Supervisor, Val Stegemoen and District Ranger, Dave Furey accompanied the group on the hike. This event was a partnership between Friends of Upton State Forest and Upton Open Space Committee. The Upton and Grafton Local Cultural Councils, Metacomet Land Trust and the Friends provided funding for this program.




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