The Changing Nature of the Maine Woods with Andrew Barton

Posted Oct. 11, 2013, at 2:06 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Location: Grand Lake Stream Historical Society, Millford Rd, Grand Lake Stream, ME

For more information: Tanya Rucosky; 207-796-2100;

The Downeast Lakes Land Trust (DLLT) and the Grand Lake Stream Historical Society are pleased to host Andrew M. Barton discussing his latest book, The Changing Nature of the Maine Woods.

The Changing Nature of the Maine Woods is both a fascinating introduction to the forests of Maine and a detailed but accessible narrative of the dynamism of these ecosystems. This is natural history with a long view, starting with an overview of the state’s geological history, the reemergence of the forest after glacial retreat, and the surprising changes right up to European arrival. The authors create a vivid picture of Maine forests just before the impact of Euro-Americans and trace the profound transformations since settlement.

Ambitious in its geographic range, this book explores how and why Maine forests differ across the state, from the top of Mount Katahdin to the coast. Through groundbreaking research and engaging narratives, the authors assess key ecological forces such as climate change, insects and disease, nonnative organisms, natural disturbance, and changing land use to create a dramatic portrait of Maine forests past, present, and future.

This book both synthesizes the latest scientific discoveries regarding the changing forest and relates the findings to an educated lay and academic audience.

While having read the book is not required, having done so certainly prepares participants to take part in a more lively discussion.

If you have any questions about this or any other activities hosted by the DLLT, contact them by calling 207-796-2100, or by emailing