Mount St. Helens Talk with Peter Frenzen, May 20, 2017
The U.S. Forest Service & Friends of Fort Vancouver invite the public to attend: “Mount St. Helens: 37 Years of Ecosystem Development and Landscape Change” with Peter Frenzen, Monument Scientist, U.S. Forest Service, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 East Evergreen Boulevard, Vancouver, WA 98661
The May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens leveled more than 200-square miles of forest and captured the imagination of volcano enthusiasts around the world. This summer, the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument will celebrate its 35th year of providing for the preservation and public enjoyment of one of North America’s youngest and most dynamic natural landscapes. The area surrounding the volcano has become an important laboratory for the study of volcanic processes and ecosystem response to large-scale disturbance. Peter will describe more than three decades of landscape change and lessons learned at one of the world’s most studied and accessible volcanoes. Repeat photographs will reveal amazing changes that have taken place in a matter of minutes, over decades, and during the volcano’s 2004-2008 dome-building eruption.
Peter Frenzen is Monument Scientist for the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, part of Gifford Pinchot National Forest. He is responsible for administering research and incorporating research findings into visitor information and education programs. He is a passionate advocate for inquiry-based science education and was part of a team that developed a hands-on science program for schools that has been implemented across the State of Washington.
During his 30-year career at Mount St. Helens, Peter has helped create award-winning exhibits, films, and engaging stories for numerous feature stories and science documentaries. He has also worked on international efforts to develop parks and protected areas to preserve natural ecosystems, reduce hazards exposure, and promote sustainable tourism in nearby communities. Peter has also served on wildfire Incident Management Teams for many years as a Public Information Officer.
Peter began his career studying ecosystem recovery following the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens for which he received a MS degree in Forest Science at Oregon State University in 1983. He is a 1980 graduate of the University of Washington where he received a BS in Forest Management with college honors.
Photos and images - from top to bottom:
Mount Saint Helens Erupting at Night, Paul Kane, 1847
Master Study: Mount Saint Helens, Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902)
Whaleback, Mount Saint Helens Volcanic Crater, Steve Schilling, USGS, Cascades Volcano Observatory, 2005