2017 Hunnewell Intern Expedition to Western Massachusetts


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2017 Hunnewell Intern Expedition to Western Massachusetts

Much like the 2016 Expedition, the 2017 Hunnewell Intern Expedition to the Berkshires was another chance for the interns to get a taste of collecting plants in the wild, and aiding the Campaign for Living Collections. The interns took turns gaining experience in each of the roles of plant collecting: documentation, herbarium voucher preparation, and propagule collection.

This year’s expedition took place from June 9 to June 11, within two Nature Conservancy properties in western Massachusetts: Hawley Bog Preserve and Reed Brook Preserve. Other areas explored included the Savoy Mountain State Forest and riparian habitats on the Mohawk Trail along the Deerfield River. The interns camped at the Savoy Mountain Campground located in Florida, Massachusetts.

The target species for the expedition were Carya cordiformis, Menispermum canadense, Populus grandidentata, Populus trenuloides, Quercus prinoides, Sassafras albidum, Ulmus rubra, and Vaccinium macrocarpon. Vaccinium macrocarpon was targeted in the bogs, while the remaining species were sought in mountainous upland terrain.

The group collected 4 taxa out of the 8 desired species (P. grandidentata, P. tremuloides, U. rubra, and V. macrocarpon) yielding a total of 7 accessions. The collection team included 2017 Hunnewell Interns Monica Alves, Alex Burnette, Alexander Disyak, Melissa Green, Marcus Jensen, Rachel Lawlor, Elena Leander, and Matthew McDermitt; Horticulture and Greenhouse staff Adam Beck and Natalie Buckley-Medrano; Living Collections Fellow Robert Dowell; and Assistant Manager of Horticulture Rachel Brinkman.