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Discover Nature Webinar – Emerging from the ashes: How fire-shaped communities are responding to the Tubbs and Kincade Fires

August 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 pm

Free

Thursday, August 6, 2020
10:00 – 11:30am
ONLINE using Zoom platform – Register here
Free, donations welcome
Ages 13 and up (youth under 13 welcome with adult supervision)

Examining the implications of a twice-burned landscape

Pepperwood’s 3,200-acre preserve has burned twice during the 2017 Tubbs and 2019 Kincade Fires. Prior to these fires, Pepperwood had been collecting weather, hydrology, and biological data via a Sentinel Site monitoring framework for nearly a decade. As climate change pushes us towards a more fire-prone future, the time is now to take a multi-disciplinary approach to collect the data our community needs in order to understand the local drivers of fire, to monitor landscape recovery, and to support resilient forest management strategies. This presentation will provide a high-level overview of pre- and post-fire ecosystem indicators, highlight botanical observations including 12 new fire-following plant species to the preserve, showcase the beautifully recovering landscape, and describe how these findings are informing resilience strategies.

Michelle has an M.S. from Purdue University and oversees Pepperwood’s Community Science and Visiting Scholars programming as well as managing a multitude of on-site research projects including long-term grassland and forest monitoring, plant phenology, breeding bird surveys, the Stephen J. Barnhart Herbarium, and more. Michelle also helps to translate Pepperwood’s science for a variety of audiences, including students, interns, and the public.

This lecture will consist of a live multimedia presentation followed by facilitated Q&A.

*This lecture will be held online using the Zoom Webinar platform. Once you register, you will be emailed the link and instructions on how to join the Zoom Webinar at the scheduled time. You can join this event using a computer, smartphone, or tablet – in your web browser or by downloading the Zoom application.

We are offering this event free of charge, but graciously accept donations which support our continued ability to offer our education programs to the community. Thank you!