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Sustainable Cities July Roundtable: Forests and Climate Change

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Snoqualmie City Hall

38624 Southeast River Street

Snoqualmie, WA 98065

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Join us for a discussion with Island Press authors Deanna Olson and Beatrice Van Horne about their new book, People, Forests, and Change.

We owe much of our economic prosperity to the vast forested landscapes that cover the earth. The timber we use to build our homes, the water we drink, and the oxygen in the air we breathe come from the complex forested ecosystem that many of us take for granted. As urban boundaries expand and rural landscapes are developed, forests are under more pressure than ever. It is time to forgo the thinking that forests can be managed outside of human influence, and shift instead to management strategies that consider humans to be part of the forest ecosystem. Only then can we realistically plan for coexisting and sustainable forests and human communities in the future.

In People, Forests, and Change: Lessons from the Pacific Northwest, editors Deanna H. Olson and Beatrice Van Horne have assembled an expert panel of social and forest scientists to consider the nature of forests in flux and how to best balance the needs of forests and the rural communities closely tied to them. People, Forests, and Change brings together ideas grounded in science for policy makers, forest and natural resource managers, students, and conservationists who wish to understand how to manage forests conscientiously to assure their long-term viability and that of human communities who depend on them.

Deanna and Beatrice will be joined by Phil Bennett, Urban Forester for the City of Snoqualmie, and Richard Martin, Program Manager for King County’s Agriculture, Forestry, and Incentives program, to discuss local and regional efforts to shift toward a more comprehensive forest management approach within the context of a changing climate.

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Deanna Olson is a research ecologist with the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station in Corvallis, Oregon. Dede’s work as an ecologist is devoted to sustainability of our natural heritage. Her work has encompassed every vertebrate class (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals), with a focus on amphibians. Her bachelor’s degree at University of California–San Diego intersected with the first Conservation Biology Conference there in 1978, helping to build the foundation for her passion for biodiversity conservation. In 1981, her PhD from the Department of Zoology at Oregon State University brought her to the Pacific Northwest, with its natural grandeur from the sea to the forests, mountains, and high deserts. In addition to her duties with the PNWRS, she also serves as courtesy faculty at Oregon State University and associate editor for Herpetological Review, and is past president of the Society for Northwestern Vertebrate Biology and past co-chair of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation.

Beatrice Van Horne is the former director of the USDA Pacific Northwest Climate Hub in Corvallis, Oregon. Bea has an interest in the processes within and among species that manifest as visible ecological communities. Beginning with PhD research on the effects of clearcut logging on small mammal populations in southeast Alaska, her work has sought to untangle the factors driving small mammal, ground squirrel, and bird populations. After 17 years as a professor of biology at Colorado State University, she spent 10 years in the Washington, DC area serving in research program leadership with the US Forest Service and the US Geological Survey. For the past five years, she has lived in Corvallis, where she has been a research manager for the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station.

Richard Martin manages the Agriculture, Forestry and Incentives program within King County’s Department of Natural Resources and Parks. In that position, Richard and the AFI program staff primarily focus on supporting private landowners to ensure that farmland, forestland and open space are managed to be both ecologically sustainable and economically viable. Prior to coming to work for King County in 2015, Richard spent nearly 25 years with The Nature Conservancy where he managed marine, freshwater and terrestrial conservation programs in several Southeastern states. He received a B.S. in Wildlife Management from Humboldt State University (CA) and an M.S. in Renewable Natural Resources from Louisiana State University.

Phil Bennett works as an urban forester for the City of Snoqualmie, managing a resource that includes 9,400 street and park trees and 1200 acres of forest land, and is the co-author of The Green Snoqualmie Partnership Forest Management and Stewardship Plan. Working at the urban/wildland interface he encounters asphalt, black bears, professional engineers, elk, tree/car collisions resulting from texting while driving, laminated root rot, summer branch drop, and small boys misusing pet waste bags as water balloons in public restrooms. Phil also serves as the President Elect for the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture, and has spoken regionally and nationally on topics in arboriculture and urban forestry.

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Date/Time: Tuesday, July 17th, 12:00 – 1:30 PM

Location/Address: Council Chambers, Snoqualmie City Hall, 38624 SE River St, Snoqualmie, WA

Lunch & Learn: As a lunchtime event, you are welcome to bring lunch to enjoy during the Roundtable.

Directions:

By Bike: Find your most convenient route here.

By Bus: Route 554 from Seattle to Issaquah, transfer at the Issaquah TC to 208 toward North Bend, Snoqualmie Ridge – See Metro’s Trip Planner to map out your transit options.

By Car: Eastbound on I-90:

  • Take exit 27 from I-90 E
  • Turn left on Winery Rd.
  • Turn right at the 1st cross street onto SE North Bend Way
  • Turn left onto Meadowbrook Way SE
  • Turn left onto 384th Ave SE
  • Keep right to continue onto SE River St. – Snoqualmie City Hall will be on the left.
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