The Quiet Corner Initiative organizes workshops where landowners can share and improve their expertise on small-scale, private woodlands management. During these events, wildlife biologists, conservation professionals, local owners and their family, foresters, Yale faculty, students and researchers meet and learn together with a hands-on approach to build collective stewardship knowledge. The Workshop Series has covered topics ranging from past land use history to wildlife habitat, funding opportunities and on-site wood processing.
All our workshops are free and open to the public. They usually take place at the Yale-Myers Forest Camp.
Sam and Erika introduce their team of Percherons to the group during the Sawmill Workshop (picture by Alex Barrett)
Do you think you might want to protect your family land but are not sure where to start? This workshop presented a simple set of steps to help you get your affairs in order and design a protection plan that accomplishes exactly what you want to do.
You can now download the materials presented at this workshop!
Our topic was small-scale wood processing and wood utilization. Horse-loggers Sam Rich and Erika Marczak pulled out two freshly felled white pines from our forest and we had a bandsaw mill on-site operated by Will Conklin, an educator, sawyer and timber-framer from Western Massachusetts. A team of forestry students then turned the lumber into boxes for all workshop attendants.
This session focused on the wildlife of Connecticut forests and explored the tools and funding opportunities for landowners to create and improve wildlife habitat on their land.
How did your forest come to look how it does now? During this workshop, we explored the processes responsible for creating the hardwood forests so ubiquitous in northeastern Connecticut. We then took a look at what active forest management looks like and tried our hand at a couple of silvicultural prescriptions.
This workshop focused on understanding the history of your woodlands. After sessions about plant identification and soil sampling, we took a hike through the forest and used "detective skills" to interpret the past land use of a property thanks to clues such as landscape features (like stone walls), soils (like evidence of plowing) and vegetation (wolf trees, mountain laurel, and so on).
Speakers: Dr. Mark Ashton (Director of School Forests), Dr. Philip Marshall (botanist and historical ecologist), Marlyse Duguid (PhD student, Research Coordinator), Alex Barrett (Forest Manager), Angela Orthmeyer (Outreach Coordinator)
Landowners looking down a soil pit during the Past Land Use Workshop (picture by Angela Orthmeyer)
Every other Thursday evening in June and July, the Yale-Myers camp fills up with community members and students gathering for the Summer Research Seminar Series. Members of the local community, visiting scholars, faculty and students present their work at this popular annual series. All seminars are open to the public and refreshments are served.
In the past four years, topics have included:
In 2013 for the first time, this student-run festival moved to the Yale-Myers Forest. For this first edition, we showed two documentaries by filmmaker Ian Cheney, New England native and graduate of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental studies:
You can find more pictures of our workshops on Flickr, and fact sheets are currently being compiled to summarize useful information that was discussed during the seminars.