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Tuesday webinar to focus on historic photos and change in the Applegate

Luke Ruediger, a naturalist, author, environmental advocate and Applegate resident, will give an online presentation at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, exploring historic photos taken from the Osborne Lookout in the 1930s that will shed light on the forests and vegetation of the Applegate Watershed and the Siskiyou Crest.

The photographs provide a glimpse into the historic landscapes of our region and the changes in vegetation that have occurred from approximately 90 years of logging, grazing, road construction and fire suppression. Ruediger will compare the historic photographs with modern-day retakes.

The presentation will focus on analyzing landscape change, fire regimens, vegetation patterning and habitat conditions seen in the historical and contemporary photos.

The talk is part of the Siskiyou Mountain Ecology Webinars, organized by the Applegate Neighborhood Network and its partners at the Siskiyou Crest Coalition. The groups are hosting a series of online presentations exploring the ecology of the Siskiyou Mountains.

Ruediger, executive director for the Applegate Neighborhood Network and conservation director for the Siskiyou Field Office of the Klamath Forest Alliance, runs the Klamath-Siskiyou Fire Reports Program documenting fire effects and fire suppression impacts in the local bio-region. In 2013 he published "The Siskiyou Crest: Hikes, History & Ecology," a hiking and natural history guide for the Siskiyou Crest region.

If you would like to attend the presentation, email Ruediger at luke@applegateneighborhood.network.