When Wilderness Was Less Wild: The Story Behind Lye Brook Wilderness

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room  { MAP } Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door



H. Lee Allen

Professor Emeritus
North Carolina State University

Following the federal Wilderness Act of 1964, an additional 15 Eastern U.S. properties were added in 1975, one of which was our own Lye Brook Wilderness. Running from Manchester to Sunderland, its 18,000 acres once hosted logging camps, charcoaling operations, and Rich Lumber Company’s Lye Brook Railroad. Although remains of these past activities are still visible, Lye Brook is now an area of outstanding beauty, providing opportunities for primitive backcountry recreation, wildlife observation, exploration and quiet contemplation. This talk will discuss Lye Brook's past, present and future.

This lecture is sponsored by The Keelan Family Foundation

Dr. H. Lee Allen is a New England native and part-time resident of Danby, Vermont. He is owner of ProFOR Consulting and professor emeritus at the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University where he taught forest ecology, silviculture, and soils. He led a university-industry cooperative research program in forest productivity for almost 30 years. Lee hiked the Long Trail end to end in 1972 and again in 2008 and presently serves as an officer and board member of the Green Mountain Club.