This presentation is part of the Cape Perpetua Speaker Series, hosted by the Cape Perpetua Collaborative.

Cascade Head, Cape Perpetua’s neighbor to the north, is Oregon’s only biosphere reserve, part of an international network organized by UNESCO. In this presentation, Bruce Byers will discuss how the rich history of ecological research and the stories of the people who have worked to protect it have made Cascade Head a laboratory for understanding how humans affect ecosystems and a model for healing the human-nature relationship. Lessons learned there apply everywhere and can help us envision a more resilient relationship with our home planet. Increased collaboration between Cape Perpetua and Cascade Head could reinforce and extend some of these lessons.


Bruce Byers is an ecologist, writer, and consultant. His book of essays about the Cascade Head Biosphere Reserve, The View from Cascade Head: Lessons for the Biosphere from the Oregon Coast, was published by the Oregon State University Press in October 2020. Bruce has advised government agencies and NGOs around the world on biodiversity conservation and ecosystem management, and has worked in thirty-four biosphere reserves in seventeen countries. He was the resident ecologist at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology at Cascade Head in the fall of 2018, and a visiting scholar at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in the Oregon Cascades in October 2019.


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