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Cascade Head, Oregon’s Biosphere Reserve: A Laboratory for Exploring the Relationship of People and Nature

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Cascade Head, Oregon’s Biosphere Reserve: A Laboratory for Exploring the Relationship of People and Nature
Bruce Byers
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10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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November 20, 2018

Workshop registration opens for members on February 27.

Workshop Overview

Cascade Head Biosphere Reserve is one of an international network of 686 biosphere reserves in the United Nations’ Man and the Biosphere Program. Its designation as a Biosphere Reserve in 1976 was based on the record of scientific research by the U.S. Forest Service that began in 1934 at the Cascade Head Experimental Forest and on the establishment of the unique Cascade Head Scenic-Research Area in 1974. The Cascade Head Biosphere Reserve is not well-recognized, and its potential as a model of a more harmonious and sustainable relationship between humans and the ecosystems that support us is not being fully realized. Significant opportunities exist for scientists, natural resource managers, and local residents to become more involved. Within the Cascade Head Scenic-Research Area and the Biosphere Reserve the Sitka Center provides opportunities to deepen the dialogue between scientists and artists. This workshop will provide background on the international Man and the Biosphere Program and how Cascade Head fits in, and also present some ideas about the relationship of ecology and art. Participants will engage in discussion and contribute their ideas about how to support and strengthen both the Biosphere Reserve and the role of the community within it.

About the Instructor(s)

Dr. Bruce Byers began his ecological studies on the Oregon Coast, studying habitat choice in the Black Turban Snail, Tegula funebralis, and the Ribbed Limpet, Lottia digitalis, because he was interested in understanding whether behavior is ecologically adaptive. That eventually led him toward trying to understand what influences human behavior in complex social and ecological systems. He is now an independent ecological consultant and writer with more than 35 years of professional experience in more than 40 countries, working at the interface of ecology and sustainable development, and based near Washington, DC.

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