|Trustee spouses strike a pose with Forest Biology students. From left: (Back Row) Mike Davis, Lance Buhl (Front Row) Maeve O'Connor, Ally Wilson, Monica Laramee, Doug Whitfield, Sandy Ummel, Lolly Copeland|
Dave Ellum's Forest Biology class had the opportunity to host several spouses of the College's Trustees at the River Bend Agroforestry Site while they were in town for President Solnick's Inauguration. The group learned about the research and demonstration site which not only integrates forest-agriculture interfaces, but also provides opportunities for collaboration between work crews, academic classes and local permaculture organizations. The project is designed to show scale appropriate methods for developing perennial polycultures that can increase biodiversity, diversify landowner revenue streams and conserve forested and agricultural landscapes. The project is in early stages of development and has been generously funded by an ELC Campus Green Grant and The Tavener Family Foundation. Read the ECHO story here.