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Sustainable Landscape Weekend Day 2 - Forest Forensics Walk with Ecologist Tom Wessels

Yes trees communicate - through their roots, through pollen release and more. Participants standing in the Jay gardens learned about the ecosystem underneath our forests and feet.


Tom Wessels is an ecologist and founding director of the master’s degree program in Conservation Biology at Antioch University New England. He is the current chair of The Center for Whole Communities that fosters inclusive communities that are strongly rooted in place and where all people—regardless of income, race, or background—have access to and a healthy relationship with land. He is former chair of the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation that fosters environmental leadership through graduate fellowships and organizational grants.


He served as an ecological consultant to the Rain Forest Alliance’s SmartWood Green Certification Program. In that capacity Tom helped draft green certification assessment guidelines for forest operations in the northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. His books include: Reading the Forested Landscape, The Granite Landscape, Untamed Vermont, The Myth of Progress, and Forest Forensics: A Field Guide to Reading the Forested Landscape.


Celebrating 20 Years 1992-2012

Preserving, Protecting and Interpreting American History and Landscape


This FREE program was made possible thanks to a grant from Con Edison. It was Co-Sponsored by Audubon NY and the Little Garden Club of Rye.


Jay Heritage Center

210 Boston Post Road

Rye, NY 10580

(914) 698-9275



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Taken on June 15, 2012