Forests After Fires: Plant Identification, Ecology & History with Misha VanEaton
Since the 2017 Eagle Creek fire, there has been increased concern around the effect of wildfires on Pacific Northwest communities and landscapes. During the fire, there was an enormous sense of fear and grief around the potential loss of beloved wilderness. This class will be an introduction to the unique state of forest ecosystems that occurs after fires. Misha will present a holistic view of the effects of forest fires, one which aims to enrich students’ understanding and perspectives on burned areas. We will spend the day walking through an area on Mt. Hood burned by the 2011 Dollar Lake fire. Students will have the opportunity to understand the complexity of forest fires by getting to know the plants in the area that thrive after fires. Misha will introduce ideas on the influence of fires on forest ecology and will discuss the history of human relationships with wildfires and varying views on the benefits and detriments of wildfire.
This workshop is open to all adults 16yrs & over, who are prepared to hike all morning (rain or shine) on an uneven trail. This is not a suitable workshop for those with health conditions that may be triggered by hiking, carrying a backpack, or being outside for 5+ hours in variable weather conditions. Please note this class will include up to 6 miles of hiking with approximately 1500ft elevation gain on dirt trails. Drive time from Portland will be 2 hours. Please leave dogs at home. No previous experience necessary.