Events

Susan Masino: Forests and Brain Health

Saturday April 17, 4:00 PM
Live on Zoom

Forests and Brain Health: Back to the Future, presented by Dr. Susan Masino. Recent evidence quantifies many brain health benefits of forests, but this idea is not new. The health benefits of public parks and wild areas were heralded long ago by Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect who designed Central Park, and others of his era. Now we know that protected areas and natural ecosystems are also essential to remove and store carbon and to prevent extinction. This presentation will highlight new data that underscores power of trees and forests as “multisolvers” – systemic solutions that protect the climate while improving health, equality, and well-being.

Susan A. Masino, PhD is the Vernon D. Roosa Professor of Applied Science at Trinity College. Her neuroscience research focuses on metabolic therapies for epilepsy and autism as well as opportunities to improve brain health.
This talk is co-sponsored by the Scoville Memorial Library and the Salisbury Association Land Trust. Register at the the library's events page: https://www.scovillelibrary.org/event/forests-and-brain-health-back-to-the-future/

Mattson and Wilcox: Grizzly Stories

Saturday April 24, 4:00 PM
Live on Zoom - register at the library website link below

Grizzly Stories: Reflections on Natural History and Advocacy, presented by David Mattson and Louisa Wilcox. David Mattson explores the many ways that grizzly bears in the Yellowstone ecosystem are unique, not only because of biogeographic history and evolutionary descent, but also because of singular relations with foods and habitats. Grizzly bears in this region are the only on Earth that still routinely scavenge bison, eat seeds of whitebark pine, exploit pocket gophers, and excavate roots of yampa and biscuitroot—all behaviors that were once widespread. These bears and the relations they embody are a priceless remnant of what was lost everywhere else in North America.

Louisa Willcox reflects on four decades of advocacy for grizzlies and other wildlife in the Northern Rockies, and why recovery of grizzly bears has been so fraught. She will delve into current controversies, including the Northern Rockies states’ campaign to strip federal endangered species protections for grizzlies that will simultaneously open the door for a trophy hunt, shrink grizzly bear populations, and disenfranchise the national constituency for grizzly bears. Wilcox will describe an alternative more compassionate vision for recovering grizzly bears and protecting their wildland ecosystems. This talk is co-sponsored by the Scoville Memorial Library and the Salisbury Association Land Trust. Register at the library website: https://www.scovillelibrary.org/event/grizzly-stories-reflections-on-natural-history-and-advocacy-by-dr-david-mattson-and-louisa-willcox/