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Old-Growth Forests in Wisconsin: Protection and Restoration
Despite the remarkable values of old-growth forests, only 0.3% of Wisconsin’s old-growth forests remain. Still, these scattered parcels retain their ability to amaze visitors with their ecological diversity, complexity, and beauty. We’ll explore why we cut nearly all of our old-growth down, what we have left, and why we should consider restoring more.




Presenter: John Bates is the author of nine books and a contributor to seven others, all of which focus on the natural history of the Northwoods. His most recent non-fiction book is Our Living Ancestors: The History and Ecology of Old-Growth Forests in Wisconsin (And Where to Find Them).



He’s worked as a naturalist in Wisconsin’s Northwoods for 30 years, leading an array of trips all designed to help people further understand the remarkable diversity and beauty of nature, and our place within it. He has served on the Board of Trustees for the Wisconsin Nature Conservancy, the Wisconsin Humanities Council, and the River Alliance of Wisconsin.


He currently serves on the Board of the Northwoods Land Trust and the Board for the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame. John and his wife, fiber artist Mary Burns, live on the Manitowish River in Iron County where they raised two daughters.

Join us Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at the Rock Garden Banquet Hall, 1951 Bond Street, Green Bay.

Online registration is now closed.  Please either call 920-328-3505 or email (hollyb@bairdcreek.org) to register.

Times: 5:00 p.m. Reception (cash bar and silent auction), 6:00 p.m. Dinner, 7:00 p.m. Presentation