Monday, May 8, 2023

Paul Smith’s VIC to host May 11 discussion on how climate change, carbon sequestration impact forests

Paul Smiths, NY – The Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) will be hosting a free panel discussion on the impact of climate change and carbon sequestration in forests. The event will be on Thursday, May 11. The event is free and open to the public. The Adirondack Council’s Rewilding Advocate, John Davis, will lead a world-renowned panel of scientists on how the climate change crisis will impact carbon sequestration in forests, as well as the discussion between “young” and “old” forests and how each sequesters carbon.

Included in the panel is Dr. Lee Frelich, Director of the Center for Forest Ecology at the University of Minnesota; Dr. William Moomaw, an internationally renowned Nobel Prize-winning climate scientist and Professor Emeritus at Tufts University; and Bob Leverett, the Cofounder of the Native Tree Society and Senior Advisor to the American Forests Champion Tree Program.


“We are grateful to the Paul Smith’s VIC for hosting a talk by three experts in the critical field of forest conservation and climate stabilization,” Davis said. “Prominent scientists William Moomaw and Lee Frelich and old-growth sleuth Bob Leverett will help us understand why the Adirondack Park’s Forest Preserve lands are of tremendous value in providing homes for interior forest species and sequestering carbon.”


“Paul Smith’s College has been studying forest conservation for decades,”  said Dan Kelting, Interim President at Paul Smith’s College. “This opportunity for our students and the greater community to interact with leading experts in the field reinforces our commitment to understanding and protecting our forest ecosystems.”


The panel will be held at the Paul Smith’s College VIC, 8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths, on Thursday, May 11, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.


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Photo at top: Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC). Photo provided by PSC VIC.

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