Dr. Jerry Franklin on Forest Ecosystems
The MidCoast Watersheds Council thinks the following public talk, hosted by our partner organization, may be of interest to you.
Salmon Drift Creek Watershed Council is honored to host Dr. Jerry F. Franklin for a talk on forest ecosystems, 6 PM, May 27 at Surftides Lincoln City. Dr. Franklin has been called the “father of new forestry” and is one of the country’s leading authorities on sustainable forest management and maintaining healthy forest ecosystems. He will be speaking on what we have learned about the forest ecosystems of the PNW during the last half century and on implications of this learning. Dr. Franklin’s talk is free and open to the public although donations to the Salmon Drift Creek Watershed Council are welcome.
The Salmon Drift Creek Watershed Council thanks Dr. Franklin, the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology and Surftides Lincoln City for making this event possible. Dr. Franklin is here as the 2015 McKee Science Resident at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology and has long time ties to this area through research beginning in 1975 at the USFS Cascade Head Experimental Forest. Donations support SDCWC’s efforts to protect and restore local watersheds. Visit http://www.salmondrift.org/ for more information. We also encourage you to support Surftides’ generosity by ordering at the upstairs bar/restaurant before or after the presentation.
Driving directions from Hwy 101 to Surftides Lincoln City, 2945 Northwest Jetty Avenue, Lincoln City: Turn toward the ocean on NW 30th Street. At .3 mile, turn north on Jetty Avenue.
Dr. Jerry F. Franklin is a professor of ecosystem analysis at the College of Forest Resources, University of Washington. Dr. Franklin challenged the long-accepted practice of clear-cutting and, instead, advanced solutions that were based more on science, and his one-time unconventional views on forest management have since become established practice. He was director of the ecosystem studies program for the National Science Foundation and president of the Ecological Society of America, among other positions, and was a major contributor to the Northwest Forest Plan, the first large ecologically integrated forest plan in the world, which covered 24 million acres of federal lands in the Northwest. The plan resolved the controversy over the spotted owls and timber jobs. In 2005, Dr. Franklin received the Heinz Award for the Environment ‘for transforming forest management in a way that helps to better sustain America’s forests.’ In presenting the award, the Heinz Foundation said, “With unwavering courage and conviction, wisdom and passion, Dr. Jerry Franklin has dramatically expanded our knowledge of natural forest ecosystems and used this knowledge to help redefine forest management in the United States and many parts of the world. Because of his contributions, millions of acres of forests have a more sustainable future.”