ELLSWORTH: Woodlawn was recently featured, along with forensic ecologist Tom Wessels, in a New York Times article titled “He Suspects Mr. Moose in the Forest With Incisors.” Article is authored by Eve M. Kahn.
Mr. Wessels visited Woodlawn this summer and spent much time walking the grounds while offering his observations on both past use of the land and the current ecosystem. Woodlawn’s executive director Joshua Torrance joined Mr. Wessels and said of his visit, “It was fascinating to hear Tom speak to the history of Woodlawn with such accuracy, using only cues from nature and no prior knowledge. We also learned interesting facts about our local ecosystem, which we are anxious to share with our visitors.”
Mr. Wessels, a faculty emeritus in environmental studies at Antioch University New England, lives part of the year in Somesville, ME. According to his professional bio, he founded Antioch’s master’s degree program in Conservation Biology and has conducted workshops on ecology and sustainability throughout the country for over three decades. He is the author of numerous books with his latest being Granite, Fire, and Fog: The Natural and Cultural History of Acadia.
The New York Times article may be found at: nytimes.com/2018/10/04/style/forensic-forest-ecologist.html
Woodlawn is an educational, cultural, and recreational treasure for the people of Downeast Maine. The main house is open for tours May 1 – October 31 and December 1-23. The public park is open year round, sunrise to sunset. 19 Black House Drive (off of the Surry Road-Rt. 172), Ellsworth, ME. For more information visit woodlawnmuseum.org.