Despite receiving a degree in Economics, Ken Fisher originally attended Humboldt State University (HSU) to study forestry--his passion has always been the preservation and ongoing study of redwood trees. In 2006, he established the Kenneth L. Fisher Chair in Redwood Forest Ecology for the Department of Biological Sciences at HSU. He also helped launch and fund the Save-the-Redwoods League climate change initiative, which aims to study the impact of climate change on coastal Redwoods.
Ken Fisher contributes to historical research for San Mateo County, writing most frequently on Kings Mountain redwood logging and settlement history and other historical San Mateo events. Based on his expertise in California Redwoods and Redwood logging history, he provided a peer review of chapters five and six of Coast Redwood: A Natural and Cultural History. He also wrote the introduction to the second edition of Sawmills in the Redwoods by Frank M. Stanger. In it, Ken Fisher details his own experiences locating, excavating, and cataloging artifacts from 1890’s era steam-powered sawmills on Kings Mountain in San Mateo County, CA.