Aug 28, 2015 09:23AM
● By Erica Shames
The Union County Historical Society will host an educational session on Saturday, August 29, 2015, from 9 to 11 a.m., at the Dale/Engle/Walker farm, 1471 Strawbridge Rd, Lewisburg.
This walking tour on the status of the woodland portion of the Dale/Engle/Walker farm will be led by Mark E. Holman, of Forestry and Wildlife Consulting of Mifflinburg, and Martin Melville, of Melville Forestry Service from Centre Hall, PA, both of whom have experience in environmental management in the forestry realm.
Many do not realize the extent of the woodlands that exist on the Dale/Engle/Walker property. Approximately one half of the 135 acres is currently in a forest cover ranging from overgrown fencerow and abandoned pastureland to an old growth style forest tract. Examples of forest succession and historic woodland use are highly contrasted on the property. The invasion of the emerald ash borer and ongoing cycles of Dutch elm disease have devastated major portions of the woodland and are a current threat with long-range consequences.
This session is free and open to the public. It is designed to promote knowledge of the issues and problems dealing with the ownership of woodlands in Central Pennsylvania, and more specifically the management opportunities for this portion the Dale/Engle/Walker property. Sturdy shoes and long pants are advised for this session.