October 19, 2018 Taos, New Mexico

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 The Nature Conservancy: Four Centuries of Fire in the Taos Mountains
Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 6:30 to 8:00pm

The Nature Conservancy: Four Centuries of Fire in the Taos Mountains

Arthur Bell Auditorium


The Nature Conservancy (TNC) presents a free public lecture by USGS scientist Dr. Ellis Margolis.  Dr. Margolis’s team collected evidence of fires dating back over four centuries, indicating the vital role fire had played in shaping the forests we see today covering the mountains of Taos. By pulling evidence from tree-rings, historical photos, and the age of aspen stands, the research team was able to reconstruct patterns of fire ranging from frequent surface fires to rare but massive crown fires. TNC funded this research to more thoroughly understand how to develop fire management strategies that help create a resilient forest by working with fire instead of against it. 

Dr. Ellis Margolis is a Research Ecologist with the New Mexico Landscapes Field Station based in Santa Fe, NM. Ellis’s research has focused on fire ecology in the mountains of New Mexico, Colorado, and Arizona. The Nature Conservancy is a lead partner in several local collaborative groups focused on landscape-scale ecological restoration. Laura McCarthy, Associate State Director of TNC in New Mexico, will introduce Ellis and briefly talk about conservation projects in the Taos Area.

Young adults and professionals with interest in local history, forests, nature, and fire will enjoy this evening talk.
Ellis's presentation is a free event.