Why study forests? Forests collectively house most of Earth’s terrestrial biodiversity and supply vast quantities of ecosystem services, such as clean water, timber, erosion control, and carbon storage. We owe much of our economic prosperity to the vast forested landscapes that cover the earth. The timber we use to build our homes, the water we drink, and the oxygen in the air we breathe come from the complex forested ecosystem many of us take for granted.
As urban boundaries expand and rural landscapes are developed, forests are under more pressure than ever. It is time to forgo the thinking that forests can be managed outside of human influence, and shift instead to management strategies that consider humans to be part of the forest ecosystem. Only then can we realistically plan for coexisting and sustainable forests and human communities in the future.
Presenter, Dede Olson, Ph.D., is a Research Ecologist on the Aquatic Ecology and Management Team of the Land & Watershed Management Research program, Pacific Northwest Research Station, US Forest Service. She will share her insights on understanding how to manage forests conscientiously to assure their long-term viability and that of human communities who depend on them. She's the editor of the book People, Forests, and Change: Lessons from the Pacific Northwest. Sponsored by the Sierra Club.
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Bend, OR 97701
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