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Connecticut Forests: Ecosystems and Economy
Where We Live - with John Dankosky
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Understanding the value of local forests


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Connecticut’s forests provide wildlife habitat, and recreation for thousands of Connecticut residents every year. But what are they really worth? An annual forum at the University of Connecticut brings together ecologists, educators, and conservationists to discuss Connecticut’s shrinking and increasingly fragmented forests. Today, on Where We Live, we'll look at how society places value on all of the things forests give us: carbon storage, diverse ecosystems, timber products, and serenity.

We'd like you to join the conversation: How do local forests fit into the state’s economy and what are we really losing when we lose forest land? What problems do forests face and what is the best way to support them? We’ll also talk about urban forestry and how one Yale group uses trees to build community.

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I think a great project to identify what the CT forests and landscape looked like currently exists from about 1870 onward through a interesting source. CTHISTORYONLINE.ORG   A large interactive map shows various collections of photographs from various institutions and one can study the backgrounds and angles of the images to see how little forest..let alone trees..existed in 1905.

 I live in Mystic CT and through various collections at Mysitc Seaport Museum via this website show different glass plate negatives of surrounding areas..and one can clearly see but 3 dozen INDIVIDUAL trees existed in these 1890s images of Mystic from the few hill side vantage points for miles around.  This can be said for other towns that have images on the website.  I think someone with  better computer sklls than I could put together an computerized aerial map of the state, using these local collections of photographs to determine the tree coverage of the areas.  Considering that coal did not become a routine item for heat and cooking until the 1890s....most used cut wood locally.


be great graduate student project