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Forest walk set for June 9 at Rokeby

FERRISBURGH — By 1830 hundreds of acres had been cleared on the Rokeby farm to make grazing land for Merino sheep. Now, almost 200 years later, nature has reclaimed much of this, but the subtle signs of human use still remain. To see those signs, Master naturalist Jacob Holzberg-Pill will lead a walk on Saturday, June 9, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Rokeby Museum.
The walk will meander through towering walnut and black locust trees, old orchards, overgrown barn foundations and stone walls, a now-dry sheep dip, and more. Holzberg-Pill will provide insights into the transition of the land, the many different types of trees and plants that have arisen, and point out the often hidden “footprints” of man.
Holzberg-Pill has taught ecology in a variety of settings to students and adults. He holds a M.F. in Ecosystem Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a M.Ed. in Ecology and Mentoring from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Attendees should dress for the outdoors. Strong hiking shoes or boots are recommended, along with insect repellent. Call 802-877-3406 or e-mail at [email protected] for more information.
Admission is $5 for the program only or free with Museum admission.

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