Can Northwest Forests Thrive in the 21st Century? Free Lectures Explore Uncertain Future

The forests of the Pacific Northwest have long been cherished-both for their beauty and recreational opportunities and for their economic value. But as the region grows more populated, urbanization presents an increasing challenge for forest management.

Three UW experts will explore ways to preserve our forests' social, ecological and economic values during the first College of Forest Resources Lecture Series, "Sustaining Our Northwest World: When Humans and Nature Collide." This series of free lectures will be held Thursday evenings in February and March.

On Thursday, Feb. 12, Professor Jerry Franklin opens the series with "A Fork in the Road: The Challenges of Forest Stewardship in the 21st Century."

Professor Steve West gives the second lecture, "Still Batty after All these Years? Contemplating the Future of Bats in the Managed Forests of the Pacific Northwest" on Thursday, Feb. 26.

The final lecture, set for Thursday, March 11, will feature Professor John Marzluff on "Are Cities for the Birds? Balancing Our Needs and Desires with Ecological Function in Urbanizing Regions."

The series will be held at 7 p.m. in 220 Kane on the Seattle campus. The lectures are free, and there will be an opportunity to meet the speakers following each talk.

The series is presented by the UWAA and the College of Forest Resources. To register, or for more information, call 206-543-0540 or go to

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