WEEKEND: Climate, WWII topics at Forks’ Evening Talk series starting Saturday

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FORKS — Climate change, native trees and life in Clallam County during World War II are the topics of events lined up for the free Evening Talks series at the Olympic Natural Resources Center this month.

The month’s first presentation at the center at 1455 S. Forks Ave. will be at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Ian Miller, a coastal hazard specialist with Washington Sea Grant, will discuss the effects of climate change in the Pacific Northwest, with an emphasis on the oceans.

He will talk about sea-level rise, ocean acidification, marine debris, tsunamis, beach erosion and change, Washington coastal ecology, coastal sediment transport and geomorphology.

Miller works out of Peninsula College in Port Angeles as well as the University of Washington’s Olympic Natural Resources Center in Forks.

His work is to help Olympic Peninsula coastal communities increase their ability to plan for and manage coastal hazards, including tsunami, chronic erosion, coastal flooding and hazards associated with climate change.

Before joining Washington Sea Grant, Miller served as the education director of the Olympic Park Institute and as Washington field coordinator for the nonprofit Surfrider Foundation.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in marine ecology from Western Washington University’s Huxley College of Environmental Studies and a doctorate in ocean sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

His graduate research focused on the transport and fate of sediment in the coastal zone adjacent to the Elwha River delta.

His online blog is Coast Nerd Gazette.

Native trees

Kevin Zobrist, WSU Extension forestry specialist, will present a slideshow on native trees of Western Washington at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Afterward, he will sign copies of his new book, Native Trees of Western Washington: A Photographic Guide.

All book proceeds will support the WSU Extension forestry program.

Zobrist, an associate professor, oversees the WSU Extension forestry program in Snohomish, Skagit, King, Island and Whatcom counties.

He joined WSU Extension in 2007.

He provides forestry education programing, including the forest stewardship “Coached Planning” short courses, as well as workshops on a variety of forestry topics and interpretative programs, and supplies individual assistance for landowners.

He also develops publications, technical manuals and other resources for forest landowners.

Zobrist has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in forestry, both from the University of Washington.

No photo was available of Zobrist.

Clallam County in WWII

Lonnie Archibald, a Beaver resident and freelance photographer whose photos often appear in the Peninsula Daily News and the Forks Forum, will sign copies of his second book from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 14.

Here on the Home Front: World War II in Clallam County contains interviews with people about life in the county during the war.

Starting about a decade ago, Archibald talked to plane spotters and heard about Army camps and rations and other details of the era in Clallam County.

A showcase of his photographs is planned at the event.

The book, priced at $20, is expected to be in area bookstores soon, Archibald said.

Archibald’s photographs have appeared not only in area newspapers but also in publications in Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia and Alaska.

His images have been shown by The Associated Press, CNN and Fox News.

Among his awards was the 2011 News Photo of the Year from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association.

Archibald moved to the West End in 1957.

Over the years, he has combined his passion for photography and journalism with published works in outdoor magazines, newspapers and books.

Starting in 1996, he worked with Ron Shearer and the Forks Lions Club to document West End pioneers, creating a collection of more than 50 video recordings.

Extensive collection

These videos, “In Search of a Memory,” make up one of the most extensive collections of area pioneer biographies and are now available to view at the Forks Timber Museum and the Forks Library.

His first book, There was a Day: Stories of the Pioneers, was published in 1999.

A member of the West End Historical Society, he also enjoys spending time with his family and fishing on area rivers.

ONRC is part of the University of Washington’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

Evening Talks are funded by the Rosmond Forestry Education Fund.

Refreshments will be served, and participants are urged to bring their favorite desserts for potluck.

For more information, phone Frank S. Hanson at 360-374-4556.

Last modified: March 05. 2015 4:02PM
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