The question of how to value trees and old forests in the era of climate change will take center stage in Nehalem this Tuesday, July 9, in a presentation from Dr. Trygve Steen, Professor of Environmental Science and Management at Portland State University.

“Oregon’s State Forests and private forests are still being managed with a focus on producing lumber or chips,” Steen said. “But, the large trees of our region’s forests also provide a unique opportunity to capture and sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and represent an important opportunity to mitigate climate change.”

Steen is a biologist-photographer who creates images of Pacific Northwest forests ranging from aerials to extreme close-ups. His images have been featured in publications by The National Geographic Society, The Wilderness Society, The National Wildlife Federation and many more.

Steen was also a major contributor to the exhibit-format book “CLEARCUT” published by Sierra Club Books/Earth Island Books. His photographs were included in the National Smithsonian Institution exhibition for the 25th Anniversary Commemoration of the Wilderness Act as well as the World Forestry Center exhibit on ancient forests. Further, he collaborated with Newton and Helen Harrison in the production of the conceptual art show “The Serpentine Lattice” first shown at Reed College’s Cooley Gallery before touring the United States.

Steen’s presentation will start at 6 pm at the North County Recreation District, 36155 9th Street. Nehalem. Doors open at 5:30 pm for a meet and greet, with light refreshments and music from singer-songwriter Brandon Tigner.

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