Photos taken during the upcoming workshop led by award-winning photographer Bob Grytten are likely to be featured in the publication "Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest After the Fires."

After the devastating forest fires in 2016, many questions remained about the Joyce Kilmer National Forest. The good news is that the forest is rebounding, according to news reports.

Some of the tulip poplars in this old growth Virgin forester are up to 400-years old, 100-feet tall and as much as 20-feet around.

“Joyce Kilmer may not look quite the same, but it’s sheer magic to be in the area,” said Bob Grytten, after a scouting trip this past week.

Grytten, an award-winning photographer, will be group leader for the April weekend event, with the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest serving as the backdrop. Price is $165 per person for the entire weekend and space is limited. 

While the date has been selected for the spring wildflower bloom, this program is designed to help participants get the most from the equipment they have, a press release said.

Although participants may lodge any place they choose, special price rooms are being held for up to 10 participants until March 19, at $45 each/per night, double occupancy. Single rooms are available at $85 per night.

This program has been designed for all skill levels. More experienced individuals will find many challenging opportunities, and these folks are welcomed to shoot on their own or seek suggestions whenever they wish, said the press release.

The new participant will benefit by the attention to basics, as well as association with the more seasoned photographer. The less experienced will benefit from the hands on approach we employ.

The end goal is to have enough quality images for the planned publication, "Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest After The Fires."

Grytten reports that the trails look very good.

“I think our group of photographers and writers will be encouraged. Our thanks to the Partners of Joyce Kilmer,” he said.

“This spring we should have phenomenal wildflowers," said Dick Evans, president of Partners of Joyce Kilmer.

Fires began Nov. 4 in Graham County, scorching 7,800 acres, including parts of Joyce Kilmer. The memorial forest was established as a wilderness area in 1936 and named for World War I soldier and poet Alfred Joyce Kilmer, author of the famous poem, “Trees.”

The fires drew some 3,800 firefighters from across the country burning more than 45,000 acres, Gary Kauffman, botanist and ecologist said

Overall, the program is designed to have a good time with friends as well as getting the most out of their equipment. Tripods are required. Ask the instructor about equipment if you have any questions.

For more information and registration:, 828-627-0245 or cell 828-593-1580.

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