Wildfire Memoir

Clare is currently working on a book-length manuscript about her experiences as a wildland firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service. She will address relevant and pressing issues facing the fire world – from the extreme difficulties of fighting fire in a climate changed-America to sexual harassment within the Forest Service – while exploring her own personal experiences as a young woman in fire.

Fire Season 2013

Telling the Story of Minnesota’s Old-Growth Red Pines

During summer and fall 2019, Clare is working in collaboration with the University of Minnesota’s Cloquet Forestry Center and the Great Lakes Silviculture Library to tell the historical, ecological and cultural story of an old-growth stand of red pines found on the forestry center. Through archival and contemporary research, in-depth interviews and time in the old-growth stand – known as Camp 8 – Clare is crafting a narrative that brings together complex questions about land management in the era of the Anthropocene, historical – yet often overlooked – truths about Indigenous fire stewardship and land tenure, and the role that we – whether as scientists, foresters or engaged citizens – should take as land stewards as ecosystems change around us.

To tell this story, Clare has produced a multimedia article which brings together historical and contemporary photos, video footage of the Camp 8 Stand, maps and more. Read about these old-growth red pines here, watch Clare discuss the multimedia article on the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences Spotlight, or listen to Clare on the Cloquet Forestry Center’s podcast.

The “Grandmother,” a 300-year-old red pine in the Camp 8 Stand
Photo by Dylan Van Boxtel