University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka
Paul Hennon, a researcher with the Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station in Juneau, will present some of the most current research into the die-off and decline of yellow cedar. Sitkans, familiar with the areas of standing dead cedar trees along Peril Strait and other locations within the Sitka Community Use Area, will be able to gain a more thorough understanding of the dynamics of these ecological changes and how they fit into historic and present climate change. As Paul describes, yellow cedar can be thought of as a canary in the coalmine and gives us opportunities to understand, monitor, and respond to climate change in forests around Sitka.
This presentation is part of the Sitka Conservation Society's Backwoods and Waters Series as well as part of the United Nation's 2011 International Year of the Forest.