On Monday, June 24th at noon, an interesting group of tree lovers will gather at the Hermosa Creek trailhead north of Durango, Colorado, to dedicate the first Colorado forest into the Old-Growth Forest Network. The event was timed to coincide with the arrival of conservation explorer John Davis. Davis is 2,500 miles into his muscle-powered trek from northern Mexico to southern Canada to raise awareness of the need to protect critical wildlife corridors and core habitats. He also has a deep love for old-growth forests and speaks out for them whenever he has the opportunity.
In the late 1980's, after Davis and friend Dave Foreman mused that there must be some eastern old-growth forests left, but no one was tracking them, Davis convinced his mother Mary Byrd Davis to do the research. The result is her Old Growth in the East: A Survey -- a 273 page document which has been extremely useful.
In addition to John Davis (TrekWest) and myself (Old-Growth Forest Network), at Monday's meeting we will welcome representatives of the Native Tree Society (Bob Leverett), the Great Old Broads for Wilderness, the San Juan Citizen's Alliance, and the U.S. Forest service. After sharing lunch together we will take a hike into the old growth. Please join us if you can.
|Bob Davis, John Davis, and Joan Maloof at the Rivulet Forest in MA|