SOCAN: January 15, 6:00-8:00pm at Medford Public Library “Fire in a Fiery Climate”

Fire and smoke have become staples in the environmental diet of Southern Oregonians.  The question is: what to do?

SOCAN’s second meeting addressing the topic ‘Forest and Fire: The climate conundrum’ serving as a follow-up to the October 30th general meeting, will focus on what we might do to minimize the problems and risks of fire.  While we recognize that fire is an essential component of our Southern Oregonian forests, we also understand that there are steps we can take to minimize the risk that fire and smoke pose.  SOCAN’s program ‘Addressing Fire in a fiery climate,’ will be held on Tuesday January 15th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Medford Public Library.  All SOCAN programs are free and open to the public.

This program will focus on steps we can take to minimize risk:

Dr. Kerry Metlen, ecologist for The Nature Conservancy and one of the authors of the Rogue Basin Cohesive Forest Restoration Strategy, will discuss some of the research that suggests ecological thinning and controlled burns can improve forest health and reduce wildfire risk for people and nature.

Marty Main, a long-time local woodland management consultant, will discuss how the ideas contained in that strategy are being and can be employed.

Dr. Annette Parsons, retired soil ecologist with the USFS will show video captured from drone cameras depicting how controlled / prescribed fire can be used in the restoration process.

Jason Gonzales with Oregon Climate will discuss how Oregon’s forest management laws help or hinder forest management in the region, and how these laws, might be improved.

Please join us for this informative program focusing on solutions.

//inserted by Sharon