The Carnegie Museum will host Jill Fisher, botanist and forest ecologist, who now works for Michigan Tech's Graduate School, for "Michigan's Forest Primeval," the first presentation in the Carnegie's 2016-17 series, Natural History Seminars -- Living in the Woods: The Natural Future of the Keweenaw. (Poster courtesy Carnegie Museum)
HOUGHTON -- Botanist and forest ecologist Jill Fisher will present "Michigan's Forest Primeval," beginning at 6:30 p. m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the Carnegie Museum in Houghton. This event will set the stage for the Carnegie's 2016-17 Natural History Seminars -- Living in the Woods: The Natural Future of the Keweenaw.
Refreshments and Introductions will be from 6:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. The Lecture and Discussion will follow from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
"Our current forests are facing major changes in the near future, yet they have faced dramatic and wide-sweeping changes before," Fisher notes. "We will examine several questions during this seminar, including:
- What did Michigan’s forest primeval look like before and after the famous logging era?
- What would the woods have been like at that time?
- What pressures were in play to log Michigan's forests and what technological advances sped their demise?
The logging era and the legacy that followed left a dynamic mix of resiliency and altered trajectories that have become our new normal. Join us to hear some answers to these questions and, as learning of history often does, learn enough to ask even more."
The following presentations will be part of this series in November and December 2016:
Tuesday, Nov. 15 -- Dr. Erik Lilleskov, research ecologist, USDA Forest Service: "Forest Fungi and the Future"
Tuesday, Dec. 13 -- Dr. Andrew Storer, professor, Michigan Tech School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science: "What are the Threats to Trees in our Natural Future?"
Speakers for 2017:
January 17 -- Dr. David Flaspohler, Michigan Tech
February 21 -- Melissa Hronkin, Algomah Acres Honey House
Date TBD -- Evan McDonald, Keweenaw Land Trust
Date TBD -- Panel Discussion with members of the USDA Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science.
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