February Nature Night: A History of Trees—Fire, Old-Growth, and Forest Restoration in Central Oregon

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The magnificent ponderosa pine and mixed conifer forests of Central Oregon provide wildlife habitat, clean water, and outstanding outdoor experiences for many people. But these forests are changing rapidly and may not provide the same benefits in the years to come. Join the Deschutes Land Trust, Dr. James Johnston, and Dr. Andrew Merschel of Oregon State University as they share the results of ongoing tree ring research that describes 500 years of change in forests of Central Oregon. They’ll show how they look at old-growth trees as living time capsules that document fire, insect attacks, and birth and death. Learn about the future of Central Oregon’s old-growth forests as they face the challenges of climate change and fire.

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