Monday, August 19, 2013

White bark Pine as an indicator of climate change

The Methow Valley Interpretive Center will be featuring former Valley resident, Connie Mehmel as the monthly “Last Sunday” series lecturer for August.  

She will be focusing on the white bark pine, a high altitude pine species, and its role as an indicator of climate change and forest health.

Connie Mehmel works with the Forest Service as a Forest Health Specialist for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.  Her interest in whitebark pine goes back to the days when she was a silviculturist on the Methow Valley Ranger District, where she was stationed from 1987 to 1999.  She
has surveyed whitebark pine survival, health and reproduction in many parts of the Cascades.  She has worked with research entomologists testing anti-aggregation pheromones to prevent bark beetle attacks.  The Pasayten
Wilderness is her favorite place to wander.

The lecture is free and is held at the Methow Valley Interpretive Center on the TwispWorks campus, Hwy 20, Twisp Sunday, Aug 25, from 5 to 7 pm.

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