Audubon reveals how to grow a healthy forest

Blackbrook Audubon will present “Forest Management for Bird Conservation” by Rebecah Troutman, Natural Areas Biologist with The Holden Arboretum, online 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 19. Troutman will describe how Holden uses The Working Woods, a 67-acre living laboratory and demonstration forest, to test woodland management techniques to improve forest health.

Anyone interested in hearing the presentation must register on the event page of   A link will be sent to each registrant’s email address.

Upon their arrival to Ohio, Europeans cleared much of the state’s forests for agriculture. Recently, these farm fields have been returning to forest, but these modern forests differ greatly from the original old-growth forests. Forestry treatments to increase tree health and improve plant and structural diversity should provide better habitat for a broader variety of bird species.

While the program starts at 7:00 p.m., Trevor Wearstler, the host and president of Blackbrook, will allow people into the meeting about 6:30 to familiarize themselves with the software features or to chat with other attendees.

As a local chapter of National Audubon Society, Blackbrook Audubon covers Ashtabula, Geauga and Lake Counties. For more information, email Follow Blackbrook Audubon Society on Facebook for updates.