Forest mapping project is speaker’s topic – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Forest mapping project is speaker’s topic

Anne Wibiralske, assistant professor of environmental science and assistant director of environmental studies, will speak on “Old Forest Mapping and Preservation Project: A Community-based, Collaborative Forest Protection Partnership in the Finger Lakes Region, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4 in the Finger Lakes Institute Classroom.

She will talk about forest mapping and older tree assessments at the Finger Lakes National Forest, an area of more than 16,000 acres between Seneca and Cayuga lakes in Seneca and Steuben counties, southeast of Geneva. The forest has more than 30 miles of interconnecting trails that traverse gorges, ravines, pastures and woodlands.

This partnership, coordinated by Wibiralske, includes the Colleges’ Environmental Studies Program, the Finger Lakes Institute, Finger Lakes National Forest, Finger Lakes Forest Watch, Friends of the Forest, and the Finger Lakes Land Trust. The partnership, through cooperative efforts, seeks to produce new information that contributes to long-term forest planning, guided by the values and concerns of local community members and forest managers.

Wibiralske, who joined the HWS faculty in 2004, holds a bachelor’s from Grinnell College, her master’s from Yale, and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Her program is free and open to the public; registration requested by calling ext. 4382 or e-mailing fli@hws.edu.