Paul Smiths VIC in winter (27 November 2012).  Photo by D. Kirche.  Used by permission.

Armchair Science Lecture Series:
The Forest Ecosystem Research and Demonstration Area (FERDA)
Tuesday, 18 February 2014
7:00 - 8:30 PM

Forest Ecosystem Research and Demonstration Area interpretive sign on the Jenkins Mountain Road (12 August 2013)Forest Ecosystem Research and Demonstration Area interpretive sign

The VIC's Armchair Science Lecture series continues with a review of the history and current activities on the Forest Ecosystem Research and Demonstration Area (FERDA) plots by Mark Twery and Joe Orefice. The FERDA plots were developed in 1998 in a collaboration between the USDA Forest Service, Paul Smith’s College, and the then-New York State run VIC to study and interpret the impacts of different cutting practices on natural communities.

The area demonstrates five different silvicultural systems, such as clearcutting and shelterwood cutting. Seven plots were established along the Jenkins Mountain Road at the VIC, each five acres in size. Five of the plots received a cutting treatment in the winter of 1999-2000; the other two plots serve as control plots. An additional set of seven matching plots was established elsewhere on Paul Smith’s College land as an experimental replicate. A primary goal of the project is to show visitors what each forest harvest treatment looks like, and how various logging methods affect different communities of forest plants and wildlife. Each plot has an interpretive sign describing the treatment that was applied.

The lecture begins at 7:00 PM in the VIC auditorium. $5 per person. Free to season pass holders, Friends of the VIC, and Paul Smith's College students and faculty. Underwritten by Friends of the VIC.

Explore the VIC

The Paul Smiths VIC offers a wide variety of programs throughout the year to educate and inform Adirondack Park residents and visitors about the natural wonders of the Adirondack Mountains. You can help support these programs by joining the Friends of the VIC. More information on Friends of the VIC memberships

Explore the Trails

The VIC trails are free and open to the public, from dawn to dusk, spring through fall. In winter, the trails are open to cross-country skiers and snowshoers for a fee. Day or season passes may be purchased.