Oregon: Scientists unite in defense of East Cascades forest ecosystems

East of the Cascades, large Ponderosa pine, western larch and Douglas
fir trees have evolved with fire and the presence of these trees on
the landscape is a testament to their resilience.

The trees have thick bark which protects their cambium from fire and disease, and fire damaged old growth trees may be superficially injured but are more likely to be convalescing than dying from the fire.

The Crag Law Center and the Mazamas are bringing an interdisciplinary group of scientists to discuss how forest systems work and to answer the most pressing questions of our time: SE 43rd and Stark, Portland Thursday, April 2, 2009, 6:30 pm…

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Our questions:

* What are the greatest threats and restoration needs on Pacific
Northwest forestlands?
* What beneficial role does natural disturbance like wildfire or
insects in ecosystem processes?
* Can we reduce fire risk or increase forest resiliency through
mechanical means?
* How can we respond to the risks that climate change poses on our forestlands?

Experts & Our Topics:

* Forest Scientist Dr. Nathan Poage, a silviculturalist with Clackamas
Stewardship Partners, will address the current condition of the
forested ecosystem and practical actions that can be taken to restore
forest health.
* Climate Scientist Dr. David Turner, Associate Professor with OSU
Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, will discuss the effects
of climate change on forested ecosystems and options to mitigate and
adapt.
* Hydrologist Jonathan Rhodes with Planeto Azul Hydrology, will
contrast the impacts of wildfire with human caused disturbance on
forested ecosystems, including the efficacy of mechanical fuel
treatments.



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Maria WesterbergFebruary 13th, 2010 at 7:47 am

Dear friends of nature.

Please, help us save the few percent of old growth forest remains from clearcutting in Sweden by joining many scientists, biologists, organizations and others in signing an appeal to the Swedish Parliament and Government.
The initiator of the Appeal is the organization Protect the Forest. This year is electionyear in Sweden and with international support we hope to be able to change the directions.
According to the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency only a few percent of high conservation value forests remain below the mountain region in Sweden, less than one percent is primeval forests, which puts Sweden far below other countries preservationplans like U.S.A , Germany, Costa Rica, New Zealand. among others.

Read more and sign here: http://protecttheforest.se/upprop/en
(Note! Scientists in any of the fields of forest, climate, environment, biology or ecology, and organizations that wish to sign the Appeal can do this by contacting Protect the Forest: viktor.safve@skyddaskogen.se )
With the very best regards.
Maria Westerberg
Protect the Forest

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