Hildene to host series on natural history of Battenkill Valley

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MANCHESTER >> Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home, will be hosting a four-part lecture series on the natural history of the Battenkill Valley.

The "Battenkill Valley: Reading the Natural Landscape" series will take place in the Beckwith room every other Saturday, starting on March 5, and will run from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. The cost is $5 for the public, and free for members.

The first speaker, on March 5, will be Dave Curtis, chairman of the science department at Burr and Burton Academy, who will present "The Rock." "Usually when we look at the land or plant our feet firmly on the ground," he said, "we feel that it is solid and unchanging, but how does it change over time and are those changes visible today?" Curtis' talk will focus on the geology of the region, and will discuss how the history of the land shapes the landscape and its inhabitants.

The second talk, on March 19, will feature geologist Stephen Revell, owner and president of Lincoln Applied Geology, in Lincoln, Vt., who will discuss the impact of water on the region in "The Water." Revell has been working in the environmental field for over 35 years, and is currently a member of the Vermont Technical Advisory Committee for water supply and wastewater disposal rules and regulation. He has a bachelor's degree in geology from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., and a master's in geology from Southern Illinois University.

On April 2, forester Alan Calfee, of the Dorset-based Calfee Woodland Management, will present "The Forests." Calfee has been practicing forestry in the area for over 20 years, and is a founding member of the Forest Stewards Guild. He has a master's degree in forestry from the University of Vermont, and has taught at UVM and Middlebury College.

The final presentation, "The Soil," will be hosted by Hildene horticulturist Andrea Luchini on April 16. The talk will focus on the composition of the soil. Luchini has been Hildene's master gardener since 2012, and has a degree in plant and soil science from the University of Vermont.

Derek Carson can be reached for comment at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.


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