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Fire in Kananaskis Country
Thursday, February 19, 2015, 7:00 – 8:00pm
Presented by Scott Jevons, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Specialist and Fire Ecologist with Alberta Parks in Kananaskis Country
Effective control of wildfires over the last century has led to the near-elimination of fires that once shaped the vegetation of Alberta. Loss of fire from the landscape is causing dramatic changes to our forests and grasslands, affecting species diversity, how ecosystems function, and the resilience of ecosystems to natural disturbances and changing climate. These ecological impacts can have far reaching social and economic consequences such as making forests vulnerable to more severe and extensive wildfires and can lead to insect outbreaks like mountain pine beetle. Come and take a historical walk through time to view landscape change in Kananaskis Country, and learn how Alberta Parks is dealing with these complex challenges.
Scott Jevons works for Alberta Parks in Kananaskis Country as a geographical information systems (GIS) specialist and fire ecologist. He has researched the fire history of Kananaskis Country and is involved in fire and vegetation management planning. He helped plan the first prescribed fire in Kananaskis Country in 2007.
Admission: Free to Friends members, $5 for non-members.
Photos courtesy of Scott Jevons