9/15 Carl Fiedler
Carl Fiedler and Steve Arno
present Ponderosa: People, Fire, and the West's Most Iconic Tree
Friday September 15th at 6:30 pm
Please join us this evening to listen to Carl Fiedler share his book on a single tree species - the Ponderosa Pine. Living in an area surrounded by ponderosa's the presentation will be of significant interest. The majestic ponderosa pine is found from Nebraska to the Pacific Ocean and from British Columbia to Mexico. These forests have been home to people for thousands of years. They have provided timbers for ancient native populations to the people of today. The authors explain how and why the forest has changed and what people can do to restore it to its former glory.
It is also one of the best books this reviewer has ever read about a single tree species and the way humans have interacted with it. The majestic ponderosa pine is found from Nebraska to the Pacific Ocean and from British Columbia to Mexico. After a chapter on Native American uses, the narrative moves to the pioneer phase, when ponderosa pines helped support the California Gold Rush and later the first transcontinental railroad. The tree's biology and ecology are covered prior to chapters detailing the mismanagement of these pine forests throughout the 20th century. The well-meaning suppression of wildfires and environmentalists' "no cutting" campaigns have led to an unprecedented accumulation of forest fuel, resulting in megafires that literally sterilize vast areas. Recently, landscape scale restoration programs developed through cooperation among government agencies, private landowners, and environmental organizations have provided hope for eventually returning these vast forests to a healthy and safe condition. The book ends with a travel guide to memorable ponderosa pine locations by state.
Carl E. Fiedler earned a PhD in forestry from the University of Minnesota. He worked as a research professor of forest management at the University of Montana for 25 years before retiring in 2007. During summers, he presented short courses on ponderosa pine management, fire, and restoration forestry throughout the West. He lives in Missoula, Montana. For him, nothing beats fishing with his brother Dave on one of Montana’s many legendary trout streams.
Stephen Arno grew up on the shores of Puget Sound and later worked summers as a ranger and naturalist in the Olympic and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. In 1970 he began a career as a forest ecologist with the USDA Forest Service. His recent books are Flames in Our Forest; Disaster or Renewal and Restoring Fire-Prone Forest in the West.