Live From A Forest: Discussing Hiking, Archaeology, Invasives & Connecticut's Trails

Did I mention we broadcasted from the middle of the woods?

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Geoff Meissner
As a hiker, Geoff Meissner has walked every Blue-Blazed trail in Connecticut with his 17-year-old son, Tad. That's over 820 miles of hiking. Photo:Chion Wolf
Clare Cain
As trail stewardship director, Clare Cain oversees about 825 miles of Blue-Blazed hiking trails in Connecticut. Photo:Chion Wolf
Nicholas Bellantoni
State archaeologist Nicholas Bellantoni says he's found a lot of treasures buried in Connecticut's forests. Photo:Chion Wolf
Steve Broderick
Forester Steve Broderick talked about emerald ash-borers in Connecticut. He also described how Connecticut's forests have been "denuded" and revitalized throughout history. Photo:Chion Wolf
Eric Hammerling
Connecticut Forest and Park Association Director Eric Hammerling looks on during a live broadcast from a Blue-Blazed Hiking Trail in Rockfall, Conn. Photo:Chion Wolf
Leo Hein, left, with Colin McEnroe
Woodcarver Leo Hein presents WNPR's Colin McEnroe with a hand-carved walking stick. Photo:Chion Wolf
Woodcarver Leo Hein made a special walking stick for Colin McEnroe.
Chion Wolf
One of Leo Hein's hand-carved walking sticks.
Chion Wolf
Colin McEnroe proudly displays his walking stick carved by artist Leo Hein.
Chion Wolf
Chion Wolf
WNPR's Chion Wolf leads the audience at the CFPA in a rendition of "kumbaya." Photo:Catie Talarski
Live From A Forest: Discussing Hiking, Archaeology, Invasives & Connecticut's Trails
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Live From A Forest: Discussing Hiking, Archaeology, Invasives & Connecticut's Trails

There are more than 800 miles of Blue-Blazed Hiking Trails in Connecticut. Today we're doing our show from one of them. 

Hiking those trails, you can pass an old Tory hideout from the American revolution and, not terribly far away, the sprawling home owned by Mike Tyson and 50 Cent. There are things out in the woods that might surprise you, and one of the guys walking down the trail to visit us today is our state archeologist, who's still uncovering the mysteries of Connecticut distant past.
But we're also going to talk about the ecosystem of the trails and woods and about their newest unwelcome visitor, the emerald ash borer. We also hope to provides lots of good hiking tips and a few warnings about what to watch out for. So put on some [smack] bug spray and join us out in the woods.
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*Special thanks to Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown and Gene Amatruda*



Tom Says:

Natives used to carve soapstone bowls here at an undisclosed location on protected hiking land, some of the bowls were stopped in mid-carve & you can see how it’s done