Douglas-fir is the Pacific Northwest’s most iconic tree. Unique among the region’s conifers, it was first classified by botanist David Douglas nearly two centuries ago. This year (2015) is the 100-year anniversary of the first major plantation of the species. Its values both culturally and functionally remain exceptional in the region and the wider world. The 2015 Starker Lecture Series will provide a colorful retrospective as well as forward-looking view of our understanding of Douglas-fir trees, forests and products that help define a historical foundation as well as new opportunities for the Pacific Northwest.
The 2015 Starker Series begins with a screening of “Finding David Douglas,” an internationally acclaimed documentary about the pioneering botanist’s compelling life of adventure and discovery. A subsequent lecture will provide further insights about the man and his explorations in the Pacific Northwest. Two additional lectures will shift to contemporary perspectives on the management of Douglas-fir forests and innovative uses of products made from its wood, including multistory buildings. The Series will conclude with a capstone field trip that features current management strategies for Douglas-fir forests and state-of-the-art milling and construction with Douglas-fir products.