Tap House Talks
Join us for an evening of learning and libations. Presenters from around the region will share their knowledge on a variety of subjects, while you enjoy your favorite drink! This Spring we'll be changing venues and days for April and May - let us know what you think about this location!
April & May 2017
Third MONDAY, 6:30-8PM
The Black Sheep Pub and Restaurant
51 North Main Street, Ashland, OR 97520
Admission is free for all Tap House Talk events.
April 16: Climate, Fire, and Forest Restoration: Ashland Watershed Success
with Kerry Metlen, Ph.D.
Nature and human health and safety are at risk of severe wildfires across the west. Climate change increases severe wildfires and makes control more difficult. Fortunately, we can protect communities and nature by thinning forests and returning beneficial burns. Collaborative forest restoration projects have come together across the nation with communities united to protect the lands and waters on which they depend.
Come hear how The Nature Conservancy is applying dendrochronology, forensic forestry and project monitoring supported by a range of partners to work in the beautiful forests above Ashland. Learn about the science underpinning this work and see images of success at protecting drinking water, recreation, and diverse wildlife habitat in this iconic landscape.
A Forest Ecologist for The Nature Conservancy since 2010, Kerry Metlan is a core member of several collaborative working groups, coordinates multiparty monitoring for the Ashland Forest Resiliency Project, and conducts research on reference forest conditions in mixed conifer/hardwood forests. Kerry grew up in Cove, Oregon and earned a B.S. in Biology from Eastern Oregon University in 1994. He earned an M.S. and a Ph.D. from the University of Montana, focusing on the forces that shape plant communities. Kerry is fascinated by applying fundamental ecological principles to the applied questions surrounding forest restoration.