Washington, Oregon, and California nurture one of the richest assemblages of conifers on Earth. With 65 species, the diversity accounts for 10 percent of that in the world. Michael Kauffmann has explored the environments where each of these conifer species live in an attempt to better understand the ecology of the Pacific Slope. Conifers are intriguing, being one of the oldest plant lineages in the world as well as having survived 300 million years of changing climates. Michael will take us on an armchair journey across the West, sharing the natural history of conifers and the places they survive today—all within the most exhilarating landscapes.
Backcountry Press and Bigfoot Trail Alliance
Michael Kauffmann is an educator, author, and ecologist with a master’s degree in biology from Humboldt State University. As an ecologist, Mr. Kauffmann has researched yellow-cedar (Callitropsis nootkatensis), whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis), and bigcone Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga macrocarpa) in conjunction with the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) and U.S. Forest Service in order to inventory and assess the health of these trees in California. He serves as editor for the journal Fremontia for CNPS. Mr. Kauffmann lives in Kneeland, California, with his wife, Allison, and son, Sylas, and enjoys backpacking, photography, plant exploration, and working to establish the Bigfoot Trail.