Oaks provide critical biological infrastructure across the world—they support more insect, fungi, and microbial life than any other temperate tree group. They are also bioindicators, giving us clues about the health of our planet, locally and globally. The Island has six species of oaks and associated hybrids that dominate our forest communities, and support innumerable, co-dependent organisms. Join oak experts Tim Boland (Executive Director, Polly Hill Arboretum) and Dr. Andrew Hipp (Senior Scientist, Oak Taxonomist, and Herbarium Curator at The Morton Arboretum) for a walk and talk through the Manuel Correllus State Forest (MCSF). The walk will be preceded by an introduction to the geology of the forest by naturalist Bob Woodruff (Chair of the Friends of the MCSF) and Chris Bruno (Superintendent of the MCSF). This free program is made possible by a collaboration of Polly Hill Arboretum and the Friends of the MCSF. Andrew Hipp of Morton Arboretum will be giving a lecture in Polly Hill Arboretum’s Far Barn at 5:30 p.m. on the evening of the State Forest walk.
Wednesday, September 11 at 10:00am to 11:30am
Manuel F. Correllus State Forest Headquarters
49 Sanderson Avenue, Edgartown, MA 02539