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Reading the Forest Landscape: September 12, 2018

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 Reading the Forest Landscape

September 12, 2018

Ellen Horowitz

Everyone knows that Glacier is a mountain park, but most people don’t realize that two-thirds of the park is forested. Gain a new appreciation and understanding of this vast and often “overlooked” landscape. Learn to read the forests through recognition of its trees. Listen to the stories they reveal about the environment in which they grow. From fungal networks hidden underground to the tops of the trees, Glacier’s forests share their secrets once you know where to look and what to look for.    

Meeting Time: Wednesday, September 12 at 8:30 AM

Meeting Place: Glacier Park Field Camp Meeting Hall (see campus map)

Itinerary: Following a slide presentation, we’ll head into the woods and practice reading the landscape, beginning with an easy guide to conifer tree identification. Through a series of short walks, participants will become more aware of their surroundings – from the types of trees growing in an area to the types of animals using those trees and habitat – and learn to appreciate the diversity and complexity found in forest landscapes. 

Equipment: Please see basic gear list. Come prepared for all types of weather.

Food: Please bring a sack lunch, trail snacks, and plenty of water.

Physical Requirements: Moderate. Hiking distance covers approx. 5 miles or less.

Transportation: We will be traveling in a Glacier Institute vehicle during the course.

Accommodations: Lodging can be purchased for $32/person/night at the Glacier Institute Field Camp on a bluff overlooking the Middle Fork of the Flathead River.  Facilities include bunkhouses, a community bathhouse, a classroom, a library and a kitchen.  Please call the registrar at 406-755-1211 to book lodging.

Weather: This course will not be canceled due to weather. Please check the weather forecast in advance and refer to the gear list for proper attire.

Recommended Reading: To enhance your understanding of the park and its forest communities, we recommend the following books:

Glacier National Park:  A Natural History Guide (2nd Edition)  by David Rockwell (2007).

Trees and Flowering Shrubs of Glacier National Park by Shannon Kimball and Peter Lesica (2013). 

*All classes and participants are asked to practice “Leave No Trace” ethics.*