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Fire & Forests Learning Series Part II: Post Fire Effects
October 30, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Photo: Michael Remke
Fire & Forests Learning Series
Part II: Post-Fire Effects
October 30th, 6-8 pm
Powerhouse Science Center
This second night will focus on the current conditions of our forests and the effects of fire, both prescribed and wild, on the landscape. We will hear from experts talk about the geomorphological, aquatic, and ecological changes that occur post-fire.
Andrew Gleason: Lecturer of Geosciences, Fort Lewis College
Scott Roberts: Water Programs Director, Mountain Studies Institute
Dr. Julie Korb: Associate Professor, Fort Lewis College
As we reflect on the past two years here in the San Juan Mountains, we see a contrast from extreme drought and fire on our doorstep to record snowpack and swollen rivers. While we see two extremes across the years, we must ask the question: where do 2018 and 2019 fit within the context of historic fire regimes, the forest ecology of the San Juan Mountains, and the lens of climate change? Change is happening to the landscape we call home. How do we, as a community, approach those fluctuations using the best available science and knowledge of past change to promote both ecological and community resilience? Mountain Studies Institute (MSI) will be hosting a learning series to engage our community, in conversation, about the changing forests in the San Juan Mountains. The overarching theme to this series will be resilience: ecosystem resilience to fire, the impacts of post-fire conditions on ecosystems and communities, the use of forest management techniques to advance ecosystem and community resilience, and the need to build a culture within our communities of learning to understand the importance of and live with fire. This series will occur over three evenings: October 23rd, October 30th, and November 6th. The evenings will include short presentations and panel discussions with community participation in the discussion.
We invite you to join the conversation and help to inform a community approach to living with fire.