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Cathedral Pines 30 years after the storm

Peter Del Tredici, second from right, led a hike through Cornwall’s Cathedral Pines on July 13 and explained the growth of the forest to an audience of more than 30 people. Photo by Shane Stampfle

CORNWALL — Peter Del Tredici and Paper Buck led a hiking tour of the Cathedral Pines nature preserve on Saturday, July 13. The hike commemorated the 30th anniversary of the series of microbursts that leveled the grove on July 10, 1989. 

Del Tredici, an acclaimed botanist, and Buck, a Cornwall native and graduate student, discussed how the forest had changed in the 30 years since the storm. 

Rather than clean up the fallen pines, the forest was left as it was to collect data. 

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