Forest Restoration in the Sierra Nevada

Our February meeting over Zoom will feature Dr. Scott Stephens of the University of California, Berkeley.  His presentation will be on the science behind forest restoration in the Sierra Nevada.  We have had lots of presentations on what constitutes a healthy and resilient forest, but how do we get there from here?

Dr. Stephens’ research is directed to understanding the interactions of wildland fire and ecosystems.  This includes how prehistoric fires once interacted with ecosystems, how current wildland fires are affecting ecosystems, and how future fires, management, and climate change will impact the ecosystems of western North America.  Stephens is also interested in wildland fire and forest policy and how it can be improved to meet the challenges of the next decades, both in the US and internationally.  He is a leading researcher on forests of the Sierra Nevada.

Future Meetings:  In March Dr. Stanley Kitchen, Research Botanist with the Rocky Mountain Research Station will be making a presentation on aspen restoration in Utah with applicability to the Intermountain West.  In April we will have presentations on prescribed fire by District Ranger Matt Zumstein and the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District’s Smoke Management Plan by Executive Director Phill Kiddoo.  Suggestions for possible speakers are always welcome. 

The February meeting it will be Tuesday February 2nd at 6:00 pm via Zoom video conference.  The Zoom link will be active beginning about 5:45 pm to give people time to chat and resolve any technical problems.  The connection information is below.
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