Human History of Centennial Woods

Centennial Woods is a 70 acre area consisting of hardwoods, streams, wetlands, conifer stands, and fields, located next to the UVM campus, and is one of the nine natural areas managed by the UVM Environmental Program. Today there are extensive trails winding through the area, connecting each of the different landscapes for hiking. However, in the late 1800s through the early 1900s, much of the land in centennial woods was cleared and used for agricultural purposes, which can be seen firsthand through leftover barbed wire. It is also logical to assume this land was also used for logging, as a vast majority of the land was cleared, and logging was a huge industry in Vermont. It is known/believed that the land was cleared because most of the trees are at the same stage of growth and development currently, meaning they all started to grow at the same time. Furthermore, pioneer species such as birches and eastern pines, which are abundant in my location, are also present, meaning regrowth of the forest is newer. Since the area has become a natural area, it has become able to regrow to where it is today, although human activities still remain, such as power lines standing tall above the edge between the forest and the marsh.

Sources:

UVM Libraries Research Guides: Centennial Woods Natural Area: Home. (n.d.). Retrieved December 06, 2017, from http://researchguides.uvm.edu/centennialwoods

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