Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fire in Sierra Nevada Forests will be the topic at the Amador-El Dorado Forest Forum on Sept 17

PIONEER – Photographs, narratives, and research confirm that the structure of Sierra Nevada forests and woodlands has changed dramatically since the mid-1800s. Fire suppression has allowed a massive increase in vegetation, resulting in fuel buildup and the heightened risk of severe wildfire, the loss wildlife habitat, impaired scenic quality, a declining water yield, and a reduction of livestock forage and timber for forest products.

On Wednesday, September 17, renowned author George Gruell will discuss the conception of and lasting relevance of his book, “Fire in Sierra Nevada Forests: A Photographic Interpretation of Ecological Change Since 1849”, published in 2001. With a degree in Wildlife Management, his career focus has been habitat management, vegetative succession, fire ecology, and fire history.

The meeting will be at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 25100 Buckhorn Ridge Road in Pioneer. Social Hour begins at 6:00 p.m., dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the presentation will start at 7:15 p.m. To reserve a space for dinner contact Diane Dealey Neill at dianedealeyneill@gmail.com or (530) 417-1960 by Monday, September 15th at 5 p.m.. A pizza dinner with salad, dessert, and beverages will be served for $10 per person. Raffle tickets to support the Forest Forum may be purchased at the door.

The Amador-El Dorado Forest Forum is a group of forestry professionals, forest educators, and others interested in forestry practices and issues in the two-county area. The Forum meets once a month in fall, winter, and spring months at various locations in the two-county area. The Forum awards scholarships to local college students majoring in forestry and sponsors the California Forestry Challenge. For more information, visit  www.aeforestforum.org

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