Old Growth Forest

Exploring the rich and complex world of the Pacific Northwest temperate rainforest has been a lifelong passion of naturalist and arborist, John Kipping.  This evolving ecosystem emerged from Pleistocene glaciations and is now home to some of the most vibrant and productive landscapes remaining on the earth.  An intricate relationship between migrating salmon and forest productivity continues to be a beneficial merging of sea and land.  Major conifer and flowering species will be covered as well as animal communities.  John has been leading eco-tours to Alaska and British Columbia for the past four decades.  He was formerly Director of Education at Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park, resident biologist for Audubon Canyon Ranch, and instructor with University of California Extension, Berkeley, Davis and Santa Cruz.