Resilience in the face of disturbance: Learning from disasters
Natural disturbances and disasters have a long history of presenting opportunities for society to learn, adapt and thrive. The multiple disasters and challenges of the last year have proven the need for society to be resilient, learn and adapt to new realities. Whether dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic or devastating wildfires, the past year has forced all of us to overcome and look at new ways to live and work.
This year’s Starker Lecture Series focuses on how communities, industries and organizations across the forest landscape have responded to recent and previous disasters, shown resilience in the face of adversity, and are ready to play critical roles in creating a better future. The four-part panel series will focus on forest economics, recreation, education, and research. The series will provide insight into the difficulties of the past year, the issues we might face in the future, and what we can do to ensure a better future for ourselves, the organizations we work for, and the communities where we live.
The Starker Lectures Series is sponsored by the Starker Family in honor of TJ and Bruce Starker, the Oregon Forest Resources Institute and the Oregon State University College of Forestry.
Lecture One: Recreation
January 28, 2021, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
In the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic and wildfires have impacted outdoor recreation systems both in the United States and around the world. These disturbances can influence how people recreate, where people recreate, and impact the behavior of visitors to parks and protected areas. Such changes in recreation use and related impacts to natural systems can lead to challenges for outdoor recreation management. This panel will take a local and global view of how these natural disturbances and disasters have affected recreation systems and how outdoor recreation managers are responding to these disruptions.
- Ben Lawhon, Director of Education and Research, Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics
- Cailin O’Brien-Feeney, Director, Oregon Office of Outdoor Recreation
- Nikoleta Jones, Principal Research Associate, University of Cambridge
- Catherine Pickering, Professor of Environmental Science, Griffith University Australia
Host: Ashley D’Antonio
Lecture Two: Education
February 10, 2021, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The concept for the education discussion is to explore the impacts of COVID on students through the various stages of K-16 education through employment. The lecture will explore how K-12 education is impacted in terms of outdoor school and other natural resource education programs like the ones OFRI provides. CTE, trade school, workforce. We will then take a look at how current students both at the community college and university level are recruited, and taught in a virtual world and what new opportunities we have with online education.
- Reynold Gardner, Oregon Department of Education, Natural Resources / Forestry / Agriculture Content Education Specialist
- Shannon Harwood, Manager of Student Engagement, College of Forestry
- Nicole Kent, Manager of Advising & Academic Relations, College of Forestry
- Mariel King, ' 20 Natural Resources, College of Forestry
- Wade Christensen, Sustainable Forest Management, College of Forestry
Host: Julie Woodward
Lecture Three: Economics
March 3, 2021, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 Labor Day Fires have had major economic impacts on Oregon’s forest sector. Our speakers represent small and large Oregon land and processing facility owners and a major forestry consultant. They will discuss the impact and how the Oregon forest sector is responding to them.
- Kyle Freres, Vice President of Operations, Freres Lumber Company
- Grady Mulbery, President and CEO, Roseburg Forest Products
- Roger Lord, President, Mason, Bruce & Girard
Host: Tammy Cushing
Lecture Four: Research
March 10, 2021, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
How do we best study rare disturbances? What have we learned about disturbances? How can these research findings help prepare research studies, forests, buildings, and society as a whole for future disturbances?
- Fred Swanson, Research Geologist (retired), US Forest Service
- Katy Kavanagh, Associate Dean of Research, College of Forestry
- John van de Lindt, George T. Abell Professor in Infrastructure Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado State University
Hosts: Klaus Puettmann, John Nairn
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The Starker Lecture Series takes inspiration from the Starker Family's history of leadership in supporting sound forestry and vibrant communities through scientifically grounded education and positive, sustained action. The Starkers' long-time recognition of the value of closely observing and learning from actions and outcomes "in the woods" also inspires an integration of technical knowledge with practical, on-the-ground experience. An emphasis on issues and opportunities in the active management of forest resources, through lectures, in depth discussions, and field based events, will further honor the unique and exceptional example provided by the Starker Family.
All lectures are free and open to the public. The lectures will also be available via streaming video from this web site. A reception will be held immediately before the lectures. A capstone workshop will be held after the lecture series is complete to deepen the practical understanding and discussion of the lecture topics.