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Speaker: Climate Change on Forests

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Date: March 4, 2013
Contact: Julie Galonska, 715-483-2270

Impact of Climate Change on Forests Featured in March Presentation of the Riverway Speaker Series

ST. CROIX FALLS, Wisconsin: The third presentation of the 2013 Riverway Speaker Series will focus on the impact of climate change on forests. Join the National Park Service on Saturday, March 16 for a program by Dr. Lee Frelich, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Forest Ecology.

Saturday, March 16, 10:00 a.m.
Climate Change and Forests
Presented by Dr. Lee Frelich, Director, University of Minnesota Center for Forest Ecology

Because Minnesota and Wisconsin are in the center of the continent, we can expect a higher magnitude of warming than many other regions. We are close to the prairie-forest border, in an environment that is not optimal for forest to begin with, and can expect the impacts on forests to be large. In addition, the effects of a warmer climate on forests will be reinforced by more storms, droughts, fires, insect pests and diseases, high deer populations, and invasive species.

Dr. Frelich received a Ph.D. in Forest Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1986.He teaches courses in forest fire ecology and landscape ecology. Dr. Frelich has authored more than 100 publications with 88 coauthors from 12 countries and has been listed among the top 1% of all scientists in the world in the Science Citation Index, Ecology and Environment Category.

The presentation is free and open to the public. It will take place at the St. Croix River Visitor Center, 401 North Hamilton Street, in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin.

Reservations are strongly encouraged due to limited seating. To reserve a seat, call (715) 483-2274. Callers can reserve up to 4 seats.

Save the Date for These Upcoming Presentations

April 13: National Parks in a New Light
Ben Thwaits, Expressive Arts Director, Northwest Passage

May 4: Migration - Beyond the Bottom of the Page
Everett Janssen, Kids Saving the Rainforest

Each speaker will present at 10:00 a.m.

Reservations for each speaker will be accepted beginning one month prior to the presentation.

The 2013 Riverway Speaker Series is supported by the St. Croix River Fund. For information on the River Fund, visit http://stcroixriverassociation.org/ways-to-give/river-fund/.

Did You Know?

What looks like a striped fish with several tails is actually the opening of the mussel shell which is hard to see.

Mussels rely on fish to carry their young around until they are old enough to drop to the river bottom. To attract the fish and attach their young, mussels put on displays that make fish think they are fish or other food. The mussel shell, which is all we normally see, is now barely visible.