Windows in Time: "Fire History: Indigenous Burning to Recent Wildfires, What Have We Learned?"
Chris Chambers will kick off the 11th year of Windows in Time local history presentations with “Fire History: Indigenous Burning to Recent Wildfires, What Have We Learned?” on Wednesday, January 8 at the Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Boulevard and Wednesday, January 15 at the Medford Library, 205 South Central Avenue, from 12 noon–1:00 p.m. at both locations. The Medford lecture, regularly scheduled on the first Wednesday of each month, will take place 1/15 due to the New Year’s holiday.
Chris Chambers of Ashland Fire & Rescue will present a look at the state of wildfires and forests, exploring how we got here and what we need to learn from traditional ecological knowledge of indigenous tribes of the area along with recent science to help us chart a new path to resiliency in a changing climate.
Chris Chambers is an Ashland native and graduate of Oregon State University in forest ecology. He has worked in the forests of Southern Oregon since 1997 and currently guides Ashland’s wildfire prevention and forestry programs, serves on the board of the Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative, and worked on the Governor’s Wildfire Council this past year.
The monthly Windows in Time lunchtime lectures are offered free to the public from 12 noon–1:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the Medford Library and the second Wednesday of each month at the Ashland Library. These lectures feature well-known writers and historians, and bring alive the people, values, and events that shaped our Southern Oregon heritage. Lectures are jointly sponsored by the Southern Oregon Historical Society and Jackson County Library Services.