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Ecosystem disturbances: Some Uncommon Views

April 29 @ 7:00 pm

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Disturbance events are frequent and essential components of forests and rivers of the Pacific Northwest. Reflections on the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, the Forest Wars over old-growth, the 1996 flood, and the 2020 wildfires reveal common properties of these “big-change events.” They each created big change in our thinking and humans just don’t deal withchange well; disturbance science helps place abrupt, unexpected events in historical context; interesting discoveries (“aha moments”) can occur in the midst of the events themselves; and the resulting landscapes may be disheartening, fascinating, and even beautiful.