Panel series puts ‘eco puzzle’ together |

Panel series puts ‘eco puzzle’ together

The Yuba Watershed Institute will host a series of panels on “Our Ecological Puzzle” starting next month at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center on the San Juan Ridge.

• Influential Plants and Animals of the San Juan Ridge – 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12.

Explore the plant and animal species that contribute to the ecological foundation of the area. Four experts discuss the natural history and the conservation challenges and implications for these ecologically significant species.

Panelists are Kathy Van Zuuk, Karen Wiese, Ted Beedy, Tom Van Wagner and Peter Stine. Cost is $7 for institute members, $10 general admission.

• Threats to Biodiversity: Conservation in Critical Habitats – 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 12.

Two forest management specialists discuss the critical role riparian, hardwood and mature forest habitat play in maintaining biodiversity, and address the conservation issues and current threats these habitats face.

Presenters are Joann Fites-Kaufman and Doug McCreary. Cost is $7 for institute members, $10 general admission.

• Landscape-scale Conservation: Creating and Linking Islands of Refugia – 7:30 to 9 p.m. on a date to be announced in April.

This program engages private landowners in a discussion about putting the pieces

together to restore and maintain healthy islands of biodiversity that can create refuges for species across the greater landscape. Land management practices, long term conservation strategies and their applications will be explored.

Cost is $7 for institute members, $10 general admission.

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