Massacoe State Forest Q&A

TO: Sen. Witkos, Rep. Hampton,FROM: Rick Jacobson, Bureau Chief, DEEP Bureau of Natural Resources DATE: June 24, 2020RE: Massacoe State Forest Contract W-424 Massacoe State Forest, located in Simsbury Connecticut, has seen over 100 years of sustainable forest management. It consists of two blocks, the Massacoe Block (122 acres) and the Great Pond Block (296 acres). In 2018, DEEP entered into contract W-424 for selective harvesting on the Massacoe block to create an uneven aged forest with greater vertical diversity and varied tree ages. The selected contractor for W-424 began harvesting activity on the site on June 11, 2020.…

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Podcast – Earth30+: The Brain Health and Forests

https://player.captivate.fm/episode/c5253839-c1c8-4c1d-8c0a-6ce6d455a0fe Susan Masino, a professor of neuroscience at Trinity College, stresses the link between healthy brain metabolism and nature. I don’t think there are many of us who would deny that joy that one feels by taking a walk in the woods. However, Susan explains to us how and why we need that type of experience to maintain our health and sanity. Forests are not something to be exploited for purely commercial gain. Forests, and nature preserves are a necessary component of a healthy society, and planet.

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Major webinar on Forests, Climate and Health webinar, hosted by the Attorney General’s office of Massachusetts.

UPDATE: A recording of the forum is available on YouTube. Tuesday, September 15th at noon https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-critical-role-of-forests-in-protecting-climate-and-public-health-tickets-118534027467 Register ASAP it may fill up. Here is an interview with Melissa Hoffer of the Attorney General’s Office in advance of the event: https://archive.org/details/enviro-show-interview-with-melissa-hoffer-9-3-20 Featuring these scientists: Dr. William Moomaw (5 time IPCC co-author), who some of you have seen, and two other leading scientists (more detailed bios below): Dr. John Sterman from MIT. He has spearheaded major systems analyses and coauthored the En-ROADS Simulator. Dr. Richard Birdsey, (2 time IPCC co-author) retired from the US Forest Service, working on forests and carbon for decades.…

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Promoting human health through forests: overview and major challenges

Eeva Karjalainen, Tytti Sarjala, Hannu Raitio Abstract This review aims to contribute to the ongoing discussion about human health, global change, and biodiversity by concentrating on the relationships between forests and human health. This review gives a short overview of the most important health benefits that forests provide to humans, and the risks that forests may pose to human health. Furthermore, it discusses the future challenges for the research on the links between forests and human health, and for delivering health through forests in practice. Forests provide enormous possibilities to improve human health conditions. The results of a vast…

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Grant Helps Town Complete Ethel Walker Woods Land Purchase

Source: http://simsbury.patch.com/articles/grant-helps-town-complete-ethel-walker-woods-land-purchaseGrant Helps Town Complete Ethel Walker Woods Land Purchase A $500,000 state grant will help the town of Simsbury complete the third phase of the Ethel Walker Woods purchase. January 3, 2013 Submitted by the Town of Simsbury The Town of Simsbury announced today it has received a $500,000 state grant toward the acquisition and protection of the final phase of 423 acres of land known as the Ethel Walker Woods.  First Selectman Mary Glassman said the Town was notified of the grant award in a letter from Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Commissioner Daniel C. Esty of…

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The Natural World of Walker Woods — Courant.com

courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-marteka-simsbury-walker-woods-061820100617,0,5281825.column Courant.com The Natural World of Walker Woods Peter Marteka Nature's Path & Way To Go June 18, 2010 During my journeys throughout the state, I've seen deer bounding through the woods, grazing at the edges of meadows and foraging in wetlands. Never has a deer stopped and struck a pose — until a recent journey to Ethel Walker Woods. While walking through part of the 330-acre Woods, I startled a doe that looked like a cross between Bambi's mother and Rudolph's girlfriend Clarice. The doe bounded through the woods briefly before stopping abruptly and, well, posing for me…

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No Pedestrian Trail — Courant.com

courant.com/news/opinion/editorials/hc-scenic.artfeb03,0,6297575.story Courant.com No Pedestrian Trail February 3, 2008 After more than five years of study, the prospect of the 190-mile-long Metacomet-Monadnock-Mattabesett Trail in Connecticut and Massachusetts being incorporated into the national scenic trail system appears tantalizingly close. The U.S. House of Representatives approved bill authorizing that status on Tuesday. Similar legislation is pending before the Senate. We'd be hard-pressed to think of a better candidate for national scenic trail status. The so-called "Triple-M Trail" begins on the west bank of the Connecticut River in the Maromas section of southwest Middletown, then follows the state's striking traprock ridgelines from the…

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We Should Be Thankful For The Water — Courant.com

courant.com/news/opinion/editorials/hc-thorson1122.artnov22,0,7883057.column Courant.com We Should Be Thankful For The Water Robert M. Thorson November 22, 2007 Let's assume you are fortunate enough to be feasting with family and friends. When you pause to give thanks for your blessings, be sure to include the water that made everything possible. Then make a commitment to guard Northeastern water against Southwestern encroachment. What few modern Thanksgiving Day feasters appreciate is that, in 1621, the Pilgrims gave thanks for New England's "clear fresh water" long before they gave thanks for its food. Just look at that beautiful turkey, assuming that's your family tradition. Over-baked…

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`A Win-Win For Everyone Involved’ — Courant.com

courant.com/news/local/fv/hc-simwood0907.artsep07,0,6794101.story Courant.com `A Win-Win For Everyone Involved' Event, Open To The Public, Is Scheduled To Celebrate Town's Purchase Of 330 Acres At Ethel Walker School By LORETTA WALDMAN Courant Staff Writer September 7, 2007 SIMSBURY A hilltop at Ethel Walker School will be the site of an event Sept. 23 celebrating the town's purchase of a 330-acre portion of school property known as the Ethel Walker Woods. Although the deal closed in June, the celebration will mark a fundraising effort that brought in the millions of dollars that were needed to make it happen. "We are absolutely thrilled that…

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