Why You Should Visit
New England's largest stand of old-growth white pine and hemlock trees was devastated by three tornadoes in July 1989. The existing trail at Cathedral Pines traverses the remaining intact portion of the stand.
Why the Conservancy Selected This Site
The preserve was donated to the Conservancy in 1967 by three members of the Calhoun family: Jean C. Bacon, and John and Frank Calhoun. The family originally bought the property in 1883 to prevent its being logged.
What the Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing
Ecologists seek out this site to better understand the dynamics of forest succession—the slow process of a forest's regrowth and rejuvenation.