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The Fort Vancouver Regional Library District and the Washington Humanities invite the community to join Fire Ecology Photographer, John Marshall for an engaging conversation at area libraries about the past philosophies and future policies of forest fire management east of the Cascade Divide.  The program will include stunning images from Marshall’s extensive photograph landscape study.  The programs are scheduled on three consecutive evenings as follows:  Goldendale library on Monday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m.; White Salmon library on Tuesday, September 23 at 6:00 p.m. and Stevenson library on Wednesday, September 24 at 6:30 p.m.

Lightning strikes and Native Americans historically ignited many small fires, resulting in open forests with a rich mosaic of wildlife habitats.  As Europeans settled the area, many began to argue for the vigilant prevention of wildfires.  For half a century, the U.S. Forest Service battled all fires and invented Smokey the Bear, a character that spread the discredited notion that all fire is bad.  Now fires are larger and hotter as forests have grown into living tinderboxes.  All of Eastern Washington’s vulnerable forests will inevitably burn.  The question for us is: How do we want them to burn?

In 1994, John Marshal began an extensive photographic landscape study to follow what happens to forests following fires, an endeavor that continues today.  Marshall’s interest in forest fires began in childhood while picking huckleberries at old burn sites on Mt. Hood.  The son of a wildlife biologist, he came to understand at an early age that wildfires were important to wildlife in the same era Smokey the Bear was telling the public that fires were bad.  Marshall has a Bachelor’s in Fishery Science from Oregon State University and a Master’s in Wildlife Resources from the University of Idaho.  He began his career as a photographer with the eruption of Mt. St. Helens, which he photographed for National Geographic magazine.  His recent work having to do with fire ecology is supported by the U.S. Forest Service.  Marshall currently lives in Wenatchee.  For more information about this and other library programs, services and resources call the library (509) 493-1132.  For more information about Humanities Washington programs www.humanities.org/calendar- events