‘Forests and Man’ Coming to Show


Getting the public to think about global warming and acid rain, and what can be done now to ensure the quality of life for future generations, is the goal of the Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades’ exhibit in the 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show.

“Forests and Man,” an educational exhibit, will teach visitors about forests — what their ecology was like in the past, what environmental condition they are in today, and how they will change into the future.

The exhibit will have two components, one featuring an Eastern deciduous forest, such as the type found in the northeastern United States, and the other, a Chinese forest, featuring the native flora of China.

“Most people don’t realize the native flora of the eastern United States is more similar to the flora of China than it is to Europe,” said Donald Jackson, Williamson’s director of horticulture and exhibitor coordinator. “If you were to walk through the forests of China, you would recognize more trees than you would in Europe.”

Williamson's exhibit will include five flat-screen televisions showing forest ecology, history DVDs and a PowerPoint presentation along with informational kiosks.

Jackson said the comparison demonstrates the importance of thinking and acting globally when trying to work through forest related issues.

“Forest ecology is a world issue and we need to work together to solve the problems. It’s a big world out there and we need to realize other countries and cultures can often be very similar.”

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