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Learn conservation history on forest hike


June 21, 2012

MILFORD PA — A hike through the forest will introduce visitors to the history of conservation in America on Saturday, June 23, at Grey Towers National Historic Site, 122 Old Owego Turnpike. The moderate hike, which begins at 1:30 pm, will bring participants to the campsite replica of the Yale School of Forestry students who studied at Grey Towers in the early 20th century.

Regular tour fees apply and participants can tour the Grey Towers mansion for half price when tickets are purchased together.

In the early 1900s, when forestry was just a seed of an idea in America, the Pinchot family endowed the Yale School of Forestry and hosted its summer school field experience on the grounds of the family home, Grey Towers. In addition to the introduction to forestry history, the program will address some of today’s forest management challenges, such as invasives, deer overpopulation and insect infestations.

Participants should meet at Grey Towers and dress for the weather, including appropriate shoes for steep and uneven terrain.

Email greytowers@fs.fed.us or call 570/296-9630.