How to help the forests thrive

Forester Jim Gillespie of Sharon stopped to inspect electric fencing, essential to protecting natural young hardwood seedlings from deer damage within his 120-acre Herb Road forest. Photo by Leila Hawken

SHARON — A notable forest is growing in Sharon, so much of note that it drew a gathering of 70 professional foresters and conservationists to a day-long exploration on Thursday, July 26.

The late-July event at Jim Gillespie’s Herb Road tree farm was a working meeting of the Connecticut chapter of the New England Society of American Foresters, part of a national forestry organization. 

Visitors learned about a variety of topics, such as using solar-powered electric fencing to protect seedlings from deer. 

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