Forest Health Walk: Reading a Forest
To help area residents learn how to read a forest, SVT and the Ashland Town Forest Committee installed a self-guided Forest Health Walk at our adjoining Cowassock Woods and the Ashland Town Forest properties.
The Forest Health Walk consists of 14 stops along a trail that wends through woods, over streams, and alongside rock formations. At each stop, you can scan a QR code with a mobile device to listen to an audio narration or read a text description of the important forest features that surround you.
You'll gain a new appreciation for forests and how they support our native wildlife. You’ll learn about the importance of species diversity, vernal pools, and even dead wood. Plus, you'll also see signs of threats to the land's health, such as invasive plants, insect pests, and deer overbrowse.