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Rubenstein's Green Forestry Education Initiative Hosting Animal Tracking Clinic

By Jon Reidel Article published January 31, 2006

The Green Forestry Education Initiative of the Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources is hosting, “Identifying, Aging, Trailing, and Understanding Animal Tracks,” on February 4 from 1-4 p.m. at UVM’s Jericho Forest.

The event, the first in the Rubenstein School’s “Saturday Forest Walk & Fire Series,” will be led by Matt Kolan, field naturalist and conservationist, skilled tracker and teacher. “Walking the landscape without knowing how to track is like walking through a library without knowing how to read,” said Kolan.

The mission of the Green Forestry Education Initiative is to integrate sustainable design, land ethics, and real-world learning in community-based forest conservation. This will be played out in three places: on campus; at the Forest Conservation Center at the UVM Forest at Jericho; and in the community. The UVM Forest at Jericho, currently the primary focus of activities, is located just 20 minutes from the university and is easily accessible to students, landowners and organizational representatives.

The Green Forestry Education Initiative emphasizes undergraduate education and the interaction of undergraduates with the surrounding community via outreach and service-learning activities; research, demonstration and dissemination; and partnerships with educational, community, and governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Directions to the UVM Forest at Jericho: From I-89 take the Richmond exit and head west briefly on Route 2 and bear right on River Road (VT 117). Take an immediate right on Governor Peck Road and go about 1.5 miles, then turn left on Tarbox Road. Go about 1.5 miles and turn left at the Jericho Research Forest sign and drive a few hundred yards to end of road.

For more information contact David Brynn at 656-0719.