Thursday, October 25, 2007

The California Wildfires: A podcast interview with Dr. Reese Halter, president and co-founder of Global Forest Science.

Our friend and tree partner Dr. Reese Halter speaks about the fires in Southern California!

Dr. Reese Halter: "Weather can be wild and it is getting wilder. Global warming has been linked to myriad natural catastrophes, and race is on to change the way we interact with our planet. In the next decade, we will experience the greatest technological advancements ever witnessed, as we move beyond our reliance on fossil fuels and harvest the sun." - Dr. Reese Halter.

Click to hear Dr. Reese interviewed on Keith Olbermann's show, Countdown:
"Cool Careers for a Hot Planet" Download Now!

Dr. Reese is an award-winning conservation scientist, best-selling children's author, syndicated science writer, TV nature documentary host, and professor of Botany at Humboldt State University, California. Dr. Reese's love of Nature began as a child. A springtime tree-planting ritual with his father and brother became his passion. He knew from the time he was a child that he wanted to be a tree scientist and went on to attain three university degrees including a PhD from The University of Melbourne, Australia. It became clear at a young age to Dr. Reese that there was a tremendous lack of basic information on how trees and forests function. He believed that teams of multidisciplinary problem-solving scientists needed to work together to short-circuit ecological disasters, and identify and protect fragile ecosystems.

In the late 1980s, Dr. Reese founded Global Forest Science as a charitable international forest research foundation. He donated a substantial amount of his inheritance to the foundation. Today with an international team of over 140 scientists, Global Forest Science is a world leader in forest science research and conservation and has been called the Red Adair of the forest biology world. Global Forest Science has many victories, including the legislation from Ottawa to protect the threatened westslope cutthroat trout of British Columbia and Alberta, protection of the world's largest ant colony in Japan, using trees and forests in Manitoba and Wyoming as a barometer of rising global temperatures, opening an international insect quarantine facility at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, saving New Zealand's multi-billion-dollar forestry and agriculture industries from the Australian painted apple moth and understanding dieback of the tallest trees on Earth - California redwoods. Through Global Forest Science, Dr. Reese visits schools and encourages children worldwide to embrace conservation, science exploration, and learning.

Thank Dr Reese ... Speak to you soon!

Tree Chic and the team at Plant a Tree USA™


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