The Truckee Community Recreation Center will host a free two-part speaker series in conjunction with the FOREST⇌FIRE exhibit currently on display at the center, a press release says.
Local citizens, land and business owners, residents and community leaders are invited to find out why the forest is so vulnerable to catastrophic fires and what we can all do about it.
Today, “Visioning Our Future Forest: The Restoration Process” will discuss ways we can restore our forests to be resilient to catastrophic fires and global warming. Speakers will include local scientists Eric Vane, silviculturist; and Rachel Hutchinson, acting district ranger, both working with the US Forest Service, Tahoe National Forest.
On May 13, “Viewing Our Future Forest: Prescribed Fire and Smoke” will discuss the differences between forest fires, prescribed fires, controlled burning and cultural burning; and the role of fire and smoke challenges in forest restoration. Speakers include local scientists Linda Ferguson, fuels scientist, and Leland Tarney, physical ecologist, both working with the US Forest Service, Tahoe National Forest.
Each presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience. The series will be hosted by Michael Llewellyn, the co-creator of the FOREST⇌FIRE exhibition.
“We hope attendees will understand the benefits of forest restoration and prescribed burning on public lands, so they can begin to apply these processes to help our forest and themselves on private lands as well,” Llewellyn said. in the press release.
Visioning Our Future Forest is part of the FOREST⇌FIRE project, presented by the Nevada County Arts Council, Truckee Donner Recreation and Parks District, and UC Berkeley–Sagehen Creek Field Station, in partnership with project creators Michael and Heather Llewellyn of Llewellyn Studio . .
Visioning Our Future Forest was made possible through support from California Humanities, a nonprofit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities (calhum.org), and through the generosity of the California Arts Council’s Creative California Communities Grants Program, the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation and its Nature Fund and the Queen of Hearts Fund, the Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation, the University Nevada Reno, Cal Fire, Tahoe Truckee Airport District, and many more.
Source: Nevada County Arts Council