Exploring the Pre-settlement Forests of Chautauqua County

Date(s) - Saturday, Aug 15, 2015
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Audubon Center & Sanctuary


A presentation called “Exploring the Pre-settlement Forests of Chautauqua County” will be presented by Dr. Stephen J. Tulowiecki, adjunct lecturer of geography at SUNY Geneseo, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15 at the Audubon Nature Center, 1600 Riverside Rd., one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, NY, and Warren, PA.

Tulowiecki will discuss the forest conditions of Chautauqua County that existed prior to European-American settlement, with a focus on the geographic distributions of tree species found throughout the region.

He will describe his research utilizing the land survey records of the Holland Land Company, which recorded forest conditions just prior to widespread European-American settlement, around 1800. He will also discuss the potential influence of Seneca Iroquois land-use practices on past tree species distributions.

As part of his dissertation research, Dr. Tulowiecki has transcribed and mapped the entire set of Holland Land Company lot surveys within Chautauqua County, which contain several thousand descriptions of forest vegetation. He has also utilized quantitative models and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), in order to explain and predict the past geographic distributions of tree species.

Made possible by the Chautauqua County Historical Society, this program is free and open to the public.