Ashley Outings

January 2021

We are looking forward to offering more Ashley Community Forest Outings once it is safe to do so, hopefully by summer of 2021. Please watch for notices in the town listservs and social media outlets. We hope you and yours health and happiness through this trying time.

Fall 2020

Due to the pandemic, Spring and Summer outings were cancelled. Below are two of the  outings  we offered in October 2020. Stay tuned for spring 2021 Outings.

The Alliance for Vermont Communities sponsored two natural history and historical outings at the Ashley Community Forest in the month of October 2020. The goal of the outings was to invite local residents to explore and appreciate the land.

Naturalist Walk

with Micki Colbeck and Tii McLane

Sunday, October 11, 2020   9:00 to 11:00am.

Join local naturalists Micki Colbeck and Tii McLane for a walk as the woods prepare for winter. We will explore ferns, mosses, flowering plants, and birds as we hike the Ashley Community Forest located on the boundary of Sharon and Strafford.

Directions will be provided upon signup.  Space is limited to 10 participants. To register, please contact Michael Sacca at mfsacca@gmail.com or 802.889.3210.

Please wear appropriate footwear, a facial mask and take tick prevention measures by wearing light colored clothing and long sleeves. The hike will be through some hilly terrain.

Elisabeth “Tii” McLane lives in Strafford, Vermont and works as a self-employed Forester/Forest Ecologist. She has 28 years of experience in the natural sciences, with extensive field experience in forestry and wildlife management, botany, and general field ecology. Tii has served on Strafford’s Conservation Commission, and is a member of Linking Lands Alliance.

Micki Colbeck is a recent graduate of Antioch University, with a masters in Conservation Biology.  She serves on the Strafford Conservation Commission and the Alliance for Vermont Communities and writes about humans in the natural environment for the Valley News Perspectives under the moniker, “A Solitary Walker.

Reading the Landscape

with David Paganelli

Sunday October 18, 2020   9:00 to 11:30am.

Using a sharp eye for clues, David will reveal past uses of the the Ashley Community Forest and ways to interpret any wooded landscape. The site is rich with remains to its past as a sheep farm including beautiful stone walls and foundations. The hike will be led by, David Paganelli, Orange County Forester.

Directions will be provided upon signup.  Space is limited to 10 participants. To register, please contact Michael Sacca at mfsacca@gmail.com or 802.889.3210.

Please wear appropriate footwear, a facial mask and take tick prevention measures by wearing light colored clothing and long sleeves. The hike will be through some hilly terrain.

David Paganelli has served as Orange County Forester for the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation since 1989. In addition to administering the Current Use program for forestland in Orange County, David also manages 30 municipal forests totaling approximately 4,500 acres. David and his wife, Judith Falk, own Clover Hill Tree Farm in South Strafford and have been active in hosting and leading programs on silviculture, wildlife habitat improvement, invasive plant treatment, and many other forest management topics. Clover Hill Tree Farm was named Vermont’s Outstanding Tree Farm for 2015.

The following five-minute slideshow highlights some of the 18 educational outings the Ashley Community Forest presented in partnership with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies in 2019.

Ashley Outings Schedule: Fall 2019

September 21 – Mosses  9:00am-11:30am    Mike Hebb and Alan Strickland          Learn More

September 28 – Bedrock Geology of the Ashley Community Forest  9:00-11:30am     Peter and Thelma Thompson        Learn More

October 5      –  Trees    9:00-11:30am      Paul Harwood       Learn More

October 12 –    – Cellar Holes & Stone Walls  9:00am-11:30am      Paul Kristensen   Learn More

October 13      – Fall Mushrooms  9:00am-11:30am         Peter Brooke & Ray Sehnal          Learn More

The Outings listed below were offered in the spring and summer of 2019.

The Alliance for Vermont Communities in partnership with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies offered a series of hikes led by local naturalists in the Ashley Community Forest, a beautiful 256-acre wooded area which straddles the Sharon and Strafford boundary.