On August 31, join us for a unique presentation at Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve. Michael Kucher is an environmental historian who, in his talk, will attempt to unravel the history of human impacts on the ecology of the Salish Sea watershed.
Based on historical and scientific data, he will lead us on a journey of change, from the pre-contact landscape, through the fur trade, and through subsequent human activities and policies, such as altered fire regimes, dam building, wetland destruction, and deforestation.
Kucher believes that understanding the pre-contact landscape will aid decision-making related to conservation and ecological restoration and resilience. He sees the beaver as a key player in the effort to achieve these goals. In fact, one aspect of his work is about how eradication of the beaver (Castor canadensis) has led to strange ideas of what is “natural” in our corner of the world, including the very notion of dwelling in an inherently coniferous ecosystem.