Livingston Manor, NY On October 13 and 14th, there will be two public programs, one indoors and one outdoors, focused on the Catskill forest with Dr. Michael Kudish:. Saturday, October 13th at 4:30pm, the public is invited to "First Growth Forest in Our Backyard", an introduction with Dr. Kudish, at Morgan Outdoors.
Hiking on nearby sections of the Finger Lakes Trail over Cabot, Middle, and Mary Smith Mountains north of Lew Beach, Dr. Kudish realized much of the summit ridges had never been farmed, barked, burned or logged, making them the westernmost significant first-growth tree stands in the Catskills.
When asked why first growth forest is special, Kudish said: “They are rare, so people enjoy seeing these relics of the past. They provide spiritual and aesthetic inspiration for artists, photographers, musicians, poets, writers, philosophers, and they are ecologically simpler than forests disturbed by people, so they serve as controls in forest studies.” For Dr. Kudish “first growth gives me much more insight into what the original forests looked like thousands of years ago.”
Dr. Kudish, Professor Emeritus at Paul Smith's College, is the foremost authority on the Catskill forests, and author of the recently reprinted “The Catskill Forest, A History”.