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Jackson Demonstration State forest: A history of the forest, management, and future prospects by Dr. John P. O'Brien
Monday, October 17 7PM via Zoom

Jackson Demonstration State Forest (JDSF) is the largest of the nine forests in the State forest system. In this talk Dr. O'Brien will give a brief history of the forest, beginning with the first indigenous peoples of the area, the first logging beginning around 1858, through becoming a publicly-owned state forest, to present. He will discuss the various management regimes over the years and how those have affected the forest structure we see here today. He will leverage various datasets, including both airborne and space-based LiDAR to quantify the outcomes of the varying styles of management. He will summarize the future prospects of the forest in light of a rapidly changing climate and how forest management affects climate change, as well as the converse: how climate change affects the forest and the management needed to mitigate such effects. To conclude, he will briefly discuss how forest management and climate change may interact to affect the Marbled Murrelet.

JP is a Northern California native (Trinity County) and a current resident of the Mendocino Coast. He holds a Bachelor of Science in applied physics, a graduate certificate in applied spatial statistics, and a Ph.D. in climate and atmospheric science. JP is a climate scientist and currently has dual affiliate scientist positions at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO. and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, CA. His research focuses on understanding climate change and variability in a world subject to both natural and anthropogenic forcings. With a focus on mid-latitude atmospheric dynamics this entails the study of tropical – extratropical interactions, coupled ocean – atmosphere interactions, and modes of variability that modulate the statistics of extratropical cyclones, anticyclones, and atmospheric rivers.
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ORDINANCE NO. 971-2021 - AN ORDINANCE ADDING CHAPTER 7.18 (FEEDING OF WILDLIFE) TO TITLE 7 (ANIMALS) OF THE FORT BRAGG MUNICIPAL CODE TO PROHIBIT THE FEEDING OF WILDLIFE
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