2016 Events

Stream Cleanup in the Forest Preserve

Saturday, August 27

10 am - Noon

Meet at Northway Road extended, near the observatory.


Celebrate the Greenbelt Forest Preserve, Forest Preserve Advisory Board, CHEARS, and Greenbelt Public Works invite you to help us clean up streams in the forest preserve. High school students--bring your community service learning forms.


Gloves and bags will be provided. Wear weather-appropriate clothing and closed-toed shoes for possible muddy stream banks. Hope to see you there!


For more information, contact Valerie  Elliot at valandmabel@gmail.com.

Joan Maloof

Tree Lovers Rejoice!

Celebrate Arbor Day with

Dr. Joan Maloof


The Healthiest Forest

Biodiversity and Old-Growth



Reception and Talk

Friday, April 29, 2016: 7:00-8:30 pm

Greenbelt Community Center: Rm. 114



A Walk in the Woods

Saturday, April 30: 10:30am

Meeting place TBA

Greenbelt Forest Preserve



How can we save the Earth? Specifically, how can we stop the downward spiral of the Earth’s forests? Dr. Joan Maloof has considered this question from the viewpoint of a scientist, a teacher, an author, an activist, and most recently a nonprofit director. In this gathering for tree lovers she will share stories from her unique journey. She will also present recent scientific studies that show why unmanaged forests have more biodiversity than managed forests.  Finally, she will discuss the Old-Growth Forest Network, a new organization that is quietly making a positive difference across America.


Sponsors include Celebrate the Greenbelt Forest Preserve, along with CHEARS, Greenbelt’s Pathways of Sustainability (a Green Team program) and the Forest Preserve Advisory Board. On April 29, a brief reception for Dr. Maloof will be held at the Greenbelt Community Center from 7-7:30pm. The talk will begin at 7:30pm. On April 30 at 10:30am join Dr. Joan Maloof as we tour the Greenbelt Forest Preserve to look for signs of a healthy future old-growth forest!  Meeting place TBA.


RSVP for one or both events at greenbeltforestpreserve@gmail.com.  Or contact Susan Barnett for more information 301 474 7465.   


About Joan Maloof


Joan Maloof is the Founder and Director of the Old-Growth Forest Network, a nonprofit organization creating a network of forests across the US that will remain forever unlogged and open to the public (www.OldGrowthForest.net ). She is the author of two forest related books: Teaching the Trees: Lessons from the Forest, and Among the Ancients: Adventures in the Eastern Old-Growth Forests.  Maloof is a Professor Emeritus at Salisbury University in Maryland, where she founded the Environmental Studies program. She has experienced many of this nation’s old-growth forests firsthand. 

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