Join Mt. Willet Wilderness Forever and Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative in hosting Dr. Suzanne Simard for an evening presentation on the Douglas fir trees that grow in the inland rainforests of British Columbia.
During her talk, The Hidden Life of the Forest, Dr. Simard will share how these trees are neither particularly alone nor even silent, exchanging non-stop information, nutrients, and water in a shared network. The trees warn each other of various dangers and recognize their relatives.
These underground processes enable natural forests to behave with intelligence and wisdom, supporting resilience to natural disturbances and stresses like logging and climate change. A Q&A will follow.
Admission is free, donations are greatly appreciated.
About the speaker:
Suzanne Simard, Ph.D. is a Professor of Forest Ecology in the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences
at the University of British Columbia. She studies the astonishing complexity and symbiotic relationships in the forest and other ecosystems, especially the underground fungal networks that connect trees and permit them to share nutrients and information.
Suzanne’s work has far-reaching implications about how to be wise stewards not only of forests but wetlands, tundra, grasslands and alpine ecosystems as well.