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Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 06

May 15 - MONTHLY MEETING - Elm Park UMC, 401 Chestnut Street, Oneonta, NY. 6 p.m. bring dish to share and own table service, followed at 7 p.m. by program. Michael Kudish - "Catskill Forest History" - Dr. Kudish received his PhD at the N.Y.S. College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse. His dissertation on the history of Catskills forests was the beginning of a lifelong study; in 2000, Purple Mountain Press published The Catskills Forest: A History. Before his retirement, he was a professor in the Division of Forestry at Paul Smith’s College. He has written four books on the vegetation of the Adirondacks, including Adirondack Upland Flora and a number of articles on forest history of both the Catskills and Adirondacks. Now living in the Catskills, he continues to research mountain bogs and write about railroad geography. Dr. Kudish has been studying Catskill Mountain bogs since the 1990s. His research is the foundation for recreating the Forest History of the Catskills since the end of the Ice Age.