From the In Defense of Plants website: Today we celebrate conifers with educator, author, and ecologist, Michael Kauffmann. Michael fell in love with conifers early on and has been doing everything he can to share this passion with the rest of the world, from writing conifer books to creating a conifer-themed trail system in the Klamath Mountains. Learn how Michael and others are working hard to map rare conifers, study the effects of climate change, and hopefully conserve their diversity for future generations. Join us as we geek out over these amazing trees.
The In Defense of Plants podcast took deeper look at the most diverse woody plant lineage in western North America (Arctostaphylos spp.) with San Francisco State Professor Dr. Tom Parker who has devoted much of his career to uncovering the ecology and evolution of the manzanita lineage. From mutualistic relationships with rodents and fungi to their dependence on fire, you will soon find that manzanitas play an important role in the ecology of California’s natural ecosystems. It is time we start paying these plants the respect they deserve and I hope this episode is a good start to doing just that.
Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act
Ryan Henson called in to KHUM’s Happy Trails Program to discuss a new public lands bill that is being celebrated as an act of bipartisan conservation. It is a project Ryan has been working on for 11 years and he shares his excitement for the work and what it means for California.
Ken DeCamp, author of Wildflowers of the Trinity Alps, was born to parents who took him on his first backpacking trip when he was 4 months old into Glacier National Park. Since that time he has logged thousands of trail miles in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, the Carolinas, Georgia, Pakistan, Australia, and Switzerland. He has been drawing and photographing wildflowers for over 40 years and it is from this collection of images that this book became a reality. Though he has traveled widely, he has always considered the mountains of northern California his home and has, for 60 years, explored their most hard to reach places. He retired from the USDA Forest Service in 2008 after a 38 year career in Fire, Land Management Planning, and Public Affairs. He lives with his wife Pam in Shasta Lake where they spend time with their family and their only pet, a cardboard dog named “Flat fido,” gifted by a friend who thought that, someday, they might need serious protection from something. Ken is also an avid backpacker, trail runner, and mountain biker.
Food For Thought
North Coast Seaweed expert Allison Poklemba recently discussed wild sea vegetable harvesting in this two part interview with Jennifer Bell on KHSU’s Food For Thought. Enjoy this lively auditory tide pool tour, learn which sense will best help you identify seaweed, be inspired to incorporate seaweed into your daily meals, and get excited about bringing the “algae blur” into focus!
Allison leads seaweed identification, harvesting, and cooking classes. to stay informed about future class offerings follow her on Instagram: @earth2allison or sign up for our email in the sidebar.