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Highland Wonders ~ Upcoming

Highland Wonders is a monthly education series featuring the natural history of the Okanogan Highlands and surrounding areas. Come and meet some new people and enjoy refreshments; leave with a better understanding of your watershed.

The indoor series runs on the First Friday of the month, from November through May (skipping December). The outdoor series is offered during summer, and the schedule varies.

Climate Vulnerability and Forest Management in the West “One Stick at a Time”  
Film Screening & Discussion

Friday, November 3rd, 2017 

Lost Lake beaver dam

For the last year, Kent Woodruff, a retired US Forest Service biologist from Winthrop, has been engaging people across the west in discussions about what we can do to soften the impacts of climate change. As our already dry landscape and water resources become impacted by climate change, this topic will be increasingly relevant to our ecological and human communities. 

Kent worked for 41 years as a wildlife biologist. He is concerned that all the resources we manage, including forests and rangelands, streams and rivers, roads and trails, sensitive plants, and our important recreation areas are all facing stress from climate change that increases each year. A new level of cooperation and conservation planning is needed in order to prepare for shifts in the intricate balance of ecological relationships. Now is the time to protect the biodiversity that makes our region so unique. 

On Friday, November 3rd, Kent will share an independent film about the climate adaptation work that he has done with beavers, and the attempts of others in Washington to find some solutions to the impacts that continue to become more intense. Community members will learn what biologists are doing in the Methow valley, and the film will serve as a conversation starter to encourage sharing of thoughts about what can be done to make our landscapes more resilient to climate change.
Event at a Glance

When: Friday, November 3rd, at 6:30 pm. (Dinner benefiting the Community Cultural Center (CCC) at 5:15 pm, followed by the presentation with tea, coffee and desserts.)

Cost: Presentation is free; dinner is $8 for CCC members and $9 for non-members; desserts by donation (benefit for the CCC). 

Where: Community Cultural Center of Tonasket, 411 S Western Ave

Teriyaki Chicken over Rice (with a vegetarian option)
Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing
Garlic Bread

(Meal coordinated by Brian Sanderson)

This educational event is provided by OHA, and hosted at the CCC. The presentation is supported by:

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Did you miss the lichen presentation, or do you want a refresher?
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Questions? Contact OHA's Conservation Coordinator, Julie Ashmore: