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Since the 1800s, biologists and ecologists have initiated varied studies of the Mt. Equinox flora and fauna. In a currently funded project, the Equinox Preservation Trust board of directors has retained a local forestry expert to develop a long-range plan for effective stewardship of the forest lands of the 914-acre Preserve.

This review will provide an assessment of the forest and stream health, current trail conditions, and advise on minimizing the impact on the lands from invasive plant species. It will establish management priorities for stewardship over a 10-year period.

Further, the professional forester will catalog research papers, maps, and other data pertaining to the Preserve lands. It is likely that when this task is accomplished, EPT will be able to document what research has occurred in the Preserve over time, and establish a research library of available materials. This project could be a valuable asset to others who may wish to initiate new research projects in the future. (EPT hopes to have an abbreviated catalog of available research material on-line upon the completion of this review, some time in late 2008, for use by other bona fide researchers.)

Educational, non-profit or professional organizations wishing to embark on study programs within the confines of the Equinox Preserve are asked to submit proposals to the EPT board for review and ultimate approval before proceeding with studies involving the lands in the Preserve.

 


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