Talk of the Bay from KSQD
Talk of the Bay from KSQD
Sudden Oak Life with Dr. Lee Klinger

On Talk of the Bay,  Thursday, December 15, 2022 at 5pm Christine Barrington interviews Dr. Lee Klinger whose work with fire mimicry is yielding compelling results for oak forest health.

There is mounting evidence that the increased mortality of oaks and other fire-adapted trees in California is linked to long-term fire suppression practices. Given that re-introduction of fire is not feasible in many areas, a suite of practices that mimic the effects of fire are showing promise in restoring the health of oaks and other native trees. My guest is going to guide us through the historical role of Indigenous tending practices and the science and methods of fire mimicry, which reflect many of these ancient cultivation practices known to the original people of this continent.

Dr. Lee Klinger is an Independent Scientist living on unceded Esselen land in Big Sur, California. Since 2005 he has served as director of Sudden Oak Life, a movement aimed at using ecologically based tending practices to address the problem of forest decline in California. He has over 40 years of field experience in the earth system sciences and has held scholarly appointments at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the University of Colorado, the University of Oxford, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Geological Society of London.

For more information consult Dr. Klinger’s website/blog: Sudden Oak Life

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Next Fire Mimicry Skill Building Workshop: March 11, 2023 held in Indian Canyon focusing on Biochar.

This video lecture presents clear information on how a healthy eco-system life cycle of forests requires fire: The Science and Practice of Fire Mimicry

KCET’s Tending the Wild series offers excellent programs on Indigenous practices. This film on Cultural Burning focuses on material discussed in this program.