Hear about the consequences of changing relationships between people and wildfire.
This is an in-person program. Wearing a face covering is optional at all library events.
Join historian Jeff LaLande for an overview of the changing role of fire – as well as the changing role of people fighting fire – in our heavily forested region. From the impact of “anthropogenic” fire set by indigenous people and early White settlers to all out fire suppression efforts by the US Forest Service following the disastrous fire of 1910, past policies have, along with changing climate, contributed to today’s unprecedented wildland fire crisis.
A resident of southwestern Oregon for over fifty years, LaLande earned a PhD in American history at the U of O, and is author of several books and numerous journal articles. He retired from a 30-year career with the US Forest Service as an archaeologist and historian, but continues as a consultant in both of those fields.
This program is in partnership with Deschutes County Historical Society