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Twenty Years at Mount Toby by Peter Grima

April 5 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

A notable prominence against the plain, Mount Toby has long beckoned valley-dwellers to explore its rolling hills. Well-known as a botanical hotspot, fabled for its ferns and orchids, the full spectrum of diversity on the mountain continues to surprise and intrigue even seasoned botanists. It is also a dynamic landscape, a mosaic of disparate human influences that is continuously shaped by natural disturbances and forests pests and diseases, adding layers of heterogeneity to the botanical tapestry. Having hiked and explored Mt. Toby for 20 years, local botanist Peter Grima will speak to the forest changes and floristic diversity that he has personally observed, spanning the development of his own botanical and ecological expertise. Attendees will gain a sense of the botanical richness, with many examples of novel plants, as well as the inherent ecological dynamism of the mountain.

Peter Grima  is co-author of the 2020 Vascular Flora of Franklin County. He is also presently collaborating on a flora of Mount Toby and is co-author with Dr. Karen Searcy on a recent update to Searcy’s 2008 Vascular Flora of the Greater Mount Holyoke Range.


April 5
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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Bangs Center
70 Boltwood Walk
Amherst, MA 01002 United States
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