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Hike and talk will examine the role of fire

Local report

The Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument will explore the topic of "pyrodiversity" on the monument.

Dennis Odion, ecologist with the National Park Service, will host the free "hike and learn" event. On Friday Aug. 25, from 6 to 7 p.m., in the Gresham Room at the Ashland library, Odion will discuss fire as an ecological process that is key to the monument’s biodiversity. He will also discuss plant adaptations to fire and ongoing politics around fire management.

A Saturday hike to Grizzly Peak will begin at 9 a.m. and is expected to conclude by 2 p.m. The hike will include a look at an ecosystem recently touched by fire.

Dennis Odion received his doctorate in geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1995. He has a long history in research and for the past 13 years has worked with the Klamath Network of the National Park Service, developing long-term monitoring and mapping programs in national parks.

For information and to register for the Friday night talk or Saturday hike, see cascadesiskiyou.eventbrite.com.

The Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is celebrating its 15th anniversary as a nonprofit organization. Its purpose is to encourage protection, conservation and restoration of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and to increase awareness of the monument’s biological diversity, landscape, and history.