When: Wed., March 11, 7:30 p.m. 2015
The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) invites the public to "Burning the Bald Hills: Managing Savanna and Woodland Ecosystems in Redwood National Park," with Eamon Engber, Interagency Fire Ecologist. A problem 100 years in the making, the suppression of fires in what is now Redwood National Park has caused park ecologists to undertake active management strategies to bring about positive changes for native plants and animals. The audience will learn about oak woodland and serpentine ecosystems, and the fire and non-fire alternatives used in those systems to achieve renewed native biodiversity. Issues the park is addressing include native conifer encroachment, small-tree mortality, and the understory response to the treatments. Engber will also explain the proposed vegetation management projects in the Little Bald Hills serpentine pine savanna. Doors open at 7 p.m. for refreshments, socializing, book signing and sales.