The Potomac Valley Audubon Society welcomes Bob Schwartz, Maryland Watershed Forester!
Presenter: Bob Schwartz
PVMN Continuing Education Eligible
This in-person program is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome to attend.
Presentation Description – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded in 2021 that the Earth has “unequivocally” warmed and that human activity is “indisputably” the cause. These findings come as perhaps no surprise, given the warmer, wetter trends and stronger, more frequent severe weather events seen in recent decades. Even in the best-case scenario of immediate worldwide emissions reductions, the planet will continue to warm through at least the 2050s. In the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, forests are the dominant land-cover. There are a variety of types of forest and different plant species will react differently to changing conditions. The good news is that, while our past actions caused this crisis, our conservation actions now can directly affect what species share our landscapes with us in the future as well as the health of those landscapes.
About the Presenter – Originally from Chicago, Bob earned an undergraduate degree in Forest Ecosystem Science and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and is about to complete a Master of Science in Environmental Biology and Climate Change from Hood College in Maryland. Bob serves as Western Watershed Forester for the Maryland Forest Service where he works with private and public landowners to improve forested watershed health through facilitation of cooperative conservation and restoration projects. In his free time Bob is a book nerd, loves to explore far and wide to find cool habitats, and work in his native plant garden. He lives in Brunswick, MD with his wife Ellen and their cat Ollivander.