What is Forest Bathing?
You might have heard the term “Forest Bathing” being bandied about in the media these days and have been wondering exactly what it is and whether it’s just another fad. Forest bathing isn’t all that complicated. Simply described, it means spending more time in nature as an antidote to the helter skelter, “always on” aspects of contemporary life.
Gypsy Moth in Southern New England
Featured from the Forest Matters Stewardship Newsletter Summer 2017
By Mike Bohne, U.S. Forest Service, Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry
[Our] forests are recovering from a massive outbreak of gypsy moth, the largest defoliation event caused by the caterpillar since the early 1980s. The gypsy moth has been a pest of hardwoods in the United States since its introduction in 1869. It mostly feeds on oaks but defoliates many other species when populations get this large...
Although it won’t be known for sure until next spring, reduced egg mass counts this fall and winter would be a good indication that the gypsy moth outbreak may be lessening.
Congressman Jim McGovern
Tim Murray; President/CEO, Worcester Area Chamber of Commerce
State Representative Jim O'Day
Senate Majority Leader Harriette Chandler
City Councilor Tony Enonomou
School Committee Member Jack Foley
State Senator Michael Moore
Paul Moosey, Commissioner, Dept. of Public Works, Worcester
Selectman Ken O'Brien
Selectman Chris Rucho