Speaker: Dr. Lee Klinger
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There is mounting evidence that the increased mortality of oaks and other fire-adapted trees in California is linked to long-term fire suppression practices. Given that re-introduction of fire is not feasible in many areas, a suite of practices that mimic the effects of fire are showing promise in restoring the health of oaks and other native trees. This talk will discuss the role of Indigenous tending practices, the science and methods of fire mimicry, and the results of these efforts as documented by repeat photography. Particular attention will be paid to the neglected ecology of mosses and lichens in oak forests.
Lee Klinger MA PhD is an Independent Scientist living on unceded Esselen land in Big Sur, California. Since 2005 he has served as director of Sudden Oak Life, a movement aimed at using ecologically based tending practices to address the problem of forest decline in California. He has over 40 years of field experience in the earth system sciences and has held scholarly appointments at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the University of Colorado, the University of Oxford, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Geological Society of London.