A morning with Wisconsin author John Bates

July 20, 2019
10:30 – 11:30 am
John Bates is the author of nine books on the Northwoods and Upper Midwest, and a contributor to seven others. John has been featured on Wisconsin Public Television several times and has been a frequent guest on Wisconsin Pubic Radio. He has worked as a state forest naturalist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and owns Trails North, a naturalist guide service. He also conducts outdoor classes for the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, Nicolet College, the North Lakeland Discovery Center, and many others. For twenty-eight years he has written a biweekly column, "A Northwoods Almanac," for the Lakeland Times in Minocqua, Wisconsin.
Old-growth trees dominated Wisconsin’s forests prior to European settlement. Ecologists estimate that between two-thirds and three-fourths of Wisconsin’s forests lived into their old age. What we see 150 years later is a far cry from what our forests once looked like, but some remnants still flourish. How and why did this happen, what are the values of current old-growth, and what could be a future vision for old-growth forests in this area? Author and naturalist John Bates will answer these questions for us and copies of his new book Our Living Ancestors: the History and Ecology of Old-growth Forests in Wisconsin and Where to Find Them will be available for purchase after the talk. 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Cable Natural History Museum.

Jul 20
Cable Natural History Museum