CNPS Channel Islands Meeting (January)

Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Time: 7:00PM - 8:30PM

Instructor: Bryant Baker

Location: Blaksley Library

Join the California Native Plant Society, Channel Islands Chapter for their monthly meeting.

7:00pm general announcements
7:30pm talk begins

FREE. No registration required.

This Month

Chaparral Wildfires
Human-caused Changes, Effects on Native Plants, and Mitigation Strategiess
Bryant Baker, Conservtion Director of Conservation of the Los Padres ForestWatch

Population growth and suburban sprawl in our region have significantly altered natural chaparral and coastal sage scrub wildfire regimes. Native plants are facing threats from both overly-frequent fire and landscape-level vegetation management projects, while communities continue to expand into wildland areas despite inherent fire danger. Fortunately, we can look to decades of chaparral wildfire science for strategies to protect communities and native ecosystems.

Bryant Baker is the Conservation Director of the local nonprofit conservation organization, Los Padres ForestWatch, where he works to protect the Los Padres National Forest and other public lands in the region through advocacy, research, community outreach, and on-the-ground stewardship. Much of his work over the past two years has focused on improving the resiliency of local communities to wildfire by advocating for science-based mitigation measures while advising legislation development, testifying at numerous hearings, writing hundreds of pages of technical comments on proposed projects, and penning op-eds throughout the area. Bryant holds a Master’s and Bachelor's in Environmental, Soil, and Water Science and has worked in the conservation field for over eight years.

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