Frank Lowenstein: Local Effects of Climate Change
Free and open to the public The Sheffield Historical society welcomes Frank Lowenstein to Dewey Hall for a presentation on the local effects of climate change. Lowenstein is the Deputy Director of the New England Forestry Foundation and recently seved as Climate Adaptation Strategy Leader for the Nature Conservancy's Climate Change Team and before that was the Conservancy's North American Director of Forest Health. The presentation will explore how changes in the climate of the Berkshire region have impacted its forests, fields and wetlands over recent centuries as well as how its residents observed and adapted to those changes. Differences in weather from one historical period to the next often spelled dramatic variations in native and invasive flora and fauna. They also compelled Sheffield farmers make adjustments in agricultural practices. Indeed, climate fluctuations played an underlying role in the lifestyle and economic pathways Sheffield residents choose over the years since the town’s founding.
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