Presented by Luke Ruediger
This presentation explores the fire ecology of the Siskiyou Mountains. It focuses on the 2017 Miller Complex that burned in the Upper Applegate Valley in and around the Red Buttes Wilderness and on the Siskiyou Crest. Luke Ruediger looks at fire ecology, vegetation response, and interactions between fire and different species found in the Siskiyou Crest region.
Luke has lived his entire life in southern Oregon and has dedicated himself to the region’s ecology, biodiversity and the protection of wild landscapes. He is a self-taught naturalist and fire ecologist with significant experience in the backcountry of the Klamath Siskiyou. In 2013, he published a hiking and natural history guide for the Siskiyou Crest titled The Siskiyou Crest: Hikes, History and Ecology. He also runs the Siskiyou Crest Blog. He has worked professionally conducting ecological restoration and environmental advocacy work in the Klamath Siskiyou Mountains for the last 20 years. Currently he works for the Applegate Neighborhood Network, a community and conservation based organization in the Apple-gate Valley. He also runs the Siskiyou Field Office for Klamath Forest Alliance and coordinates their Klamath Siskiyou Fire Reports Program.