Concord from Above the Trees: Copter Ecology Views, with Richard T. T. Forman

Thursday, January 267:00—8:00 PMGoodwin ForumMain Library129 Main Street, Concord, MA, 01742

Where does Walden’s water come from and flow to? How many intriguing habitats are around Egg Rock? Stream, river, or railroad at Barrett’s Mill Farm? Are spotted sandpipers scarce on the Assabet? Any nature in a quarter-acre-lots neighborhood? Unknown big red spot surrounded by green? Does Spencer Brook migrate? Long unpaved strip with no plants? Wild rice in the area named for John Quincy Adams? Bog by our most dangerous spot? Where best to look for Phragmites? The most remote spot in Concord? Legacies of our first Mill Pond remain? Higher education…a different Concord comes alive.

The presentation will feature aerial photography recently captured, plus selections from the holdings of the William Munroe Special Collections.

Richard T. T. Forman taught ecology for 36 years at Harvard University, where he is a professor emeritus. He received a Haverford College B.S., University of Pennsylvania Ph.D., and two honorary doctoral degrees. He has written pioneering articles and books on landscape, road, urban, and town ecology. His books include Landscape Ecology (1986), award-winning Land Mosaics (1995), Landscape Ecology Principles in Landscape Architecture and Land-Use Planning (1996), Road Ecology (2003), Mosaico territorial para la region metropolitana de Barcelona (2004), Urban Regions: Ecology and Planning Beyond the City (2008), award-finalist Urban Ecology: Science of Cities (2014), and Towns, Ecology, and the Land (2019).

In Concord, Forman helped head the Town’s 1992 Open Space Plan, led the 1995 Historic Resources Masterplan, co-led the 2004 Open Space and Recreation Plan, in 1997, wrote Concord’s Millbrook: Flowing Through Time, in 2021, co-authored Ecology along Concord Trails, and in 2022, wrote Deciphering Concord's Old Stone Walls and What They Indicate: A Field Guide.

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