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Impact of climate change on Northern Highland state forest presentation April 11

April 6, 2018

Few people, if any, know the overall ecological health of the sprawling Northern Highland American Legion State Forest better than researcher Mike Meyer.

For more than a quarter century, Meyer studied the forest in depth, publishing more than 70 peer reviewed scientific papers on the forest while serving as a wildlife research scientist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

A portion of studies included climate change, which he will discuss during his presentation Projecting Climate Change Impacts on the Natural Resources of Wisconsin's Northern Highland from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, in the Nicolet College Theatre.

The event, part of the Our Changing World Series, is free and open to the public.

Using future climate projections, Meyer will talk about the effects of a changing climate on natural resources such as forestry, wildlife, lakes, and fisheries in the Northern Highlands and the state as a whole. He’ll also draw on research from other scientists, many who are also members of the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts.

Meyer holds a doctorate in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Along with studying climate change and its impact on wildlife, his research over the years also looked at compounds that contaminate wildlife, including PCBs in bald eagles, and the impact of lakeshore development and shoreline restoration techniques. He currently operates NOVA Ecological Services, an environmental consulting firm in Arbor Vitae.

The Our Changing World Series is sponsored by the Oneida and Vilas County Chapter of the Citizen’s Climate Lobby and the Nicolet College Sustainability Professional Learning Community.

The next presentation in the series will be the Effects of Climate Change on Fish and Fisheries in the Northwoods on Wednesday, May 23.