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[SHORE LINES] Arb< N ever let it be said that Randall Swanson isn't seeing the forest for the trees. Each of 'em. Swanson, an associate professor of forestry, inventoried all the trees on the landscaped portions of campus over the summer. There are 300 in all. He tagged each with an aluminum disk and compiled the results on an Excel spreadsheet. \This inventory allows us to have an accurate listing of campus trees for purposes of study and research,\ he says. \Faculty can use this inventory for teaching and research purposes, students will be given access so they can study required trees outside of dendrology classes, and staff and guests with an interest in trees will now have a listing for identification purposes.\ The records can also help keep track of insect and disease outbreaks by species. The database includes every tree's scientific name, diameter, condition and location. Some entries also include general comments and a GPS location. The disks are labeled with numbers, rather than the names of the trees, so students taking quizzes on tree types won't find the answers affixed to the trunks. - KENNETH AARON Dillon Park: All w e lcom e Sweet summer song A fjddler performs at the Mountain Arts Gathering, a music camp led by Kary Johnson and Prof. Curt Stager. The 201 2 session runs from July 22-28 (info at www. mountainartsgathering.com). Also returning this summer: the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association. Contact the conference services office at (518) 327-6430 to book your event! 6 Sequel I Winter 2012 PHOTOS BY NANCIE BATTAGLIA Guests a t International Paper John D illon P a rk fin d a fu lly accessible w ild e rn e s s experience, w h e ther on land o r w a ter. I nternational Paper John Dillon Park is one of the college's most beautiful assets - but many local residents drive by it without a thought. This fall, though, Paul Smith's worked with the community to change that. In September, Paul Smith's held an open house at Dillon with the Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce. In October, residents of Saranac Village at W ill Rogers, a retirement community, toured the 200-acre park located on Route 30 between Long Lake and Tupper Lake. More than 250 guests turned up for the first-ever \Walk in the Woods\ in September. They enjoyed food prepared and served by the college's own culinary and hospitality students as well as food and drink from Tupper Lake businesses including P-2’s Irish Pub, The Cellar Restaurant, The Park Restaurant and The Marketplace. \I have received several comments from guests about the hidden gem that is John Dillon Park,\ says Douglas Wright, the president of the Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce. \The park presented itself as the quintessential Adirondack scene that so many hope to enjoy, whether they are five or 5 0 0 miles away. And Paul Smith's has done a wonderful job to ensure that any and all are welcome to enjoy this gift.\ Dillon's wheelchair-friendly trails, lean-tos and outhouses were designed to provide people with limited mobility a fully accessible wilderness experience. Prof. Karen Boldis and her recre­ ation program planning class proved that when they hosted a handful of residents, led by W ill Rogers employee Jenn Grissy, in October. Boldis' students led the tour of the trails and campsites. 'This place is just beautiful,\ said Jerry Cheney, a W ill Rogers resident. \And it's designed wonderfully be­ cause a lot of the people here couldn't experience this anywhere else.\ W h ile the park was built to facilitate the elderly and people with disabilities, it is open to all. Dillon is closed for the season but will reopen in the spring. -BOBBENNETT

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