Foresters, geologists, fishery biologists, climatologists, and culture bearers from up and down the Pacific Northwest are in Juneau this week for the first-ever Coastal Temperate Rainforests symposium.
The event is organized by the Juneau-based Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center. Tuesday’s events included a field trip to Berners Bay. Wednesday’s events includes sessions on adaption and climate effects.
On Thursday, subjects include public policy and education.
During a short break in presentations on Wednesday, we talked briefly with Rick Edwards of the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station in Juneau about the conference and some of his work.
Symposium events at Centennial Hall in Juneau are being live-streamed over the internet.
They’ll also be broadcast in their entirety on 360 North television pending developments of the Legislature’s special session.
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