Connecticut Botanical Society Meetings

Spring Meeting 2019

March 30th, 2019
Middlesex County Extension Center
1066 Saybrook Rd., Haddam, CT 06438

The Thousand-Year Wood

William Bryant Logan

Once, people around the globe did not simply live beside or under trees. We lived with them, taking from them and giving to them. We cut them back, and they sprouted again. Whole woodlands were coppiced, that is, cut near the ground, or pollarded, that is, cut at about 6 feet tall.  Surprisingly, perhaps, this was not an exploitative but a cooperative relationship. Proper human care for the woodlands increased their diversity, and promoted the numbers and kinds of insects, birds and other creatures who lived among the trees and the open understory vegetation. The trees themselves lived longer.  In return, the trees gave us  wood, fodder, medicines, foods,  rope, clothes and ships, as well as beauty, fresh air, and cooling shade. Whole cultures were built around such woods. This talk evokes that ancient world, not as an idyl of the past, but as a model for a future, active relationship to our trees. It also suggests a few ways in which we can start this living relationship anew.

William Bryant Logan is a certified arborist, president of Urban Arborists, Inc., a Brooklyn-based tree company, and the author of three acclaimed books on nature: Dirt, Oak, and Air. He is a faculty member at New York Botanical Garden and lives in New York City. 


From the north: Route 9 south, to exit 8 and go left on Beaver Meadow Rd.  Continue straight onto Jail Hill Rd., then turn right onto Saybrook Rd. (route 154).  The Extension Center is just ahead on the left, after the Post Office. 

From the south: Route 9 north to exit 7 and continue on route 82, then turn left on Saybrook Rd (154).  The Extension Center is 3 miles up, on the right (blue sign).

Middlesex County Extension Center Map


  • 9:30 AM – Light Refreshments and Used Natural History Book Sale (cash or checks)
  • 10:15 AM – Reports and Announcements
  • 11:00 AM – Guest Lecture
  • 12:00 noon – Potluck lunch