ENTS Rendezvous, Oct 27-28 2006 &

Forest Summit IV lecture Series, Holyoke Community College


     This year’s ENTS rendezvous will take place October 27-28 in
western Massachusetts.

      On October 27th, we will have our now institutionalized Forest
Summit Lecture Series at Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA. This is
a free series cosponsored by Holyoke Community College and ENTS and
presented as a public service. The lectures will begin at 1:30PM and run
until 5:00PM. We will break for dinner from 5:00PM until 6:30PM. The
evening session will then run from 7:00PM until 9:30PM. A tentative
schedule of speakers for Oct 27th follows.

Oct 27th:
1. Dr. Lee Frelich, (1:30 - 2:15PM) (Presentation to be announced)
2. Dr. Tom Diggins, (2:15 - 3:00PM) (Presentation to be announced)
3. Dr. Michael Kudish, (3:00 - 3:45PM) (Old Growth of Catskills and
          Adirondack Parks)
4. Will Blozan, (4:00 - 4:45PM) (Tsuga Search Project)
5. Anthony D'Amato (4:45 - 5:00PM) (Old growth update for
6. Dinner (5:00 -6:45PM)
7. Panel Discussion on Robinson State Park (7:00 - 8:45PM - composition
          of panel to be announced. This is very tentative. If it doesn’t
          materialize, we’ll get additional speakers)
8. Robert Leverett (What's new in ENTS) (9:00 - 9:30PM)

Oct 28th:

1. Tree climb by Will Blozan and Roman Dial of the Calibration Tree in
          Mohawk Trail State Forest (MTSF) (9:30AM - 12:30PM) and Tree 
          Measuring Workshop.
2. Lunch (12:30PM - 2:00PM)
3. Visit to ENTS Grove in MTSF with re-dedications of trees
          to Ents (2:00PM - 4:00PM)
4. Presentation by Dr. Don Bragg (4:15 - 5:15PM) (Topic to be
5. Dinner at the Charlemont Inn (5:15PM – 6:50PM)
6. Presentation by Dr. Roman Dial at Federated Church of 
          Charlemont (7:00-8:00PM)
7. ENTS concert and poetry readings (8:00PM – 9:15PM)
              ENTS Prose and Poetry Session  

Oct 29th:

            For those staying over on Sunday, the Trustees of
Reservations is having a fundraiser at the William Cullen Bryant
Homestead from11:00AM – 2:00PM. Will Blozan will climb the Bryant Pine.
All are welcome, but it is a fundraiser and some contribution is

    Any Ents coming from afar who need accommodations for the period,
please let us know. We will accommodate as many as possible.

    The dinner at the Charlemont Inn will be buffet style and attendees
will pay individually. More details on the menu to come.
   One fact I forget to mention for the benefit of our new members, who
may not know, is that all events associated with the ENTS rendezvous are
free. Our number one priority in holding these rendezvous is to further
the ENTS mission and network with one another. As part of our
rendezvous, we always hold a tree measuring workshop to allow new
members who are serious about tree measuring to get some help. Will
Blozan climbs a tall pine in MTSF and does a tape drop measurement while
the rest of us partake of strong drink and cheer him on. Uh, no, not
actually. The rest of us using sine and tangent based trigonometry and
the method of similar triangles take measurements from the ground and
make comparisons.

   We also evaluate new measuring equipment. This year, with luck, I'll
add the LaserTech TruPulse 200 to my equipment inventory. It combines an
inclinometer and laser rangefinder. It is a companion product to the RD
1000. The two instruments work together. A representative from LTI will
visit me in a couple of weeks and demonstrate the TruPulse 200. If it is
as good as the specs say, I'll buy one and have it available for
demonstration at the Rendezvous. The distributor may let me borrow one
for a week or two.

   Beyond the tree-measuring workshop, we also are incorporating an ENTS
concert and poetry session. Great entertainment. So we hope to see lots
of you this year.

Bob Leverett