The 40th anniversary of the May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. This catastrophic event, in a matter of minutes, produced a 230-square-mile area of destruction, which became known as the ‘blast zone.’ Within its confines, forests, meadows, wetlands, streams, and lakes were severely cataclysmed. Initial predictions from scientists called for a very prolonged and difficult recovery period . However, four decades have now passed and the return of plants and animals to the Mount St. Helens landscape has far exceeded expectations. How has this happened? What behind-the-scenes organisms and processes have produced the healing we observe at the mountain?

Dr. Keith Swenson will give a new power point presentation detailing several little known vignettes of recovery in the blast zone. Through this program, he will explore the apparent design in the Mount St. Helens ecosystem and also relate the observed recovery to global restoration following Noah’s Flood.