Welcome to Cascade Fire: Conservation Design

Welcome to the 2015 Cascade Fire course. This is a field course in which we’ll learn about fire history, policy and resource management by exploring a specific region, the high desert of central Oregon. We’ll look at the ecological, economic and social consequences of past and current fire policy, using an affected species, the greater sage grouse as a focal point. And we’ll work with local and regional interest groups to explore design strategies – from management to product design/markets – for better outcomes. You’ll learn several sampling and analysis techniques, examine several fire treatment methods, and work with local and regional interest groups to explore design strategies – from management to product design/markets – for better outcomes.

We’ll use Monkey Face Ranch, near Smith Rock State Park, as our base of operation. There are full amenities here: living room, kitchen, beds, bathrooms, etc. We’ll be walking a good deal each day, but nothing too strenuous, with the exception of one trek to the top of Black Butte (snow allowing). Most important items to bring: comfortable trail/running shoes, sunscreen, hat.

We’ll meet at the Collaborative Design studio, noon on Tuesday 9 June, and be back¬† by 6 PM Sunday 14 June.¬† See you soon. Check out the syllabus page.

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