“After The Fire: Making Our Landscapes More Resilient” — A Workshop with Richard Halsey

February 17, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Meet at AT&T Parking Lot
180 N Blanche St
Ojai, CA 93023
FULL WORKSHOP: $25/adults, $20/seniors, $15/students and those who lost residences in the fire; AFTERNOON LECTURE ONLY: $15/general public, $10/OVGC members
Lanny Kaufer

PLEASE NOTE: Registration is closed for the full day (10:00-3:00) workshop but there is still space in the afternoon (1:00-3:00) slideshow lecture. You can register and pay for the afternoon and request to be added to a waiting list for the full day workshop. If there is room we can change your reservation. See complete registration info below.

Herb Walks with Lanny Kaufer,  Ojai Valley Green Coalition (OVGC), and Los Padres Forest Watch (LPFW) will present renowned fire ecology expert and author Richard Halsey on Saturday, February 17, for a timely workshop on how to create resilient gardens and homes in Southern California as residents go forward in the post-Thomas Fire era. The day will begin at 10 a.m. with a morning walk to identify and discuss fire-wise native plants and continue at 1:00 p.m. after a lunch break with a slideshow talk based on Richard’s book and his research into the chaparral ecosystem and fire ecology.

The second edition of his book, Fire, Chaparral, and Survival in Southern California, available at that link in the Herb Walks bookstore, was published in 2008 and was awarded the Best Nonfiction-Local Interest Book by the San Diego Book Awards Association. “Wildfires are going to happen and they are happening with increased frequency,” Halsey writes in the book. “The important question now is how do we protect life and property, allow for future growth, and continue to preserve a valuable natural resource? Considering the inevitability of fire in southern California, it’s best to learn how to let fire burn around us instead of through us.”

Here’s another excerpt explaining the title of the book: “Despite progress made in distancing ourselves from nature in the raw, we remain hardwired to rhythms of wilderness. Our ancestors spent millions of years connected to seasonal cycles and life around them. A mere 10,000 years of city life is not enough time to forget. Our own personal connections to things wild remains thinly veiled under the artificial constructs of civilization. Making a conscious decision to reconnect to one’s natural surroundings can provide significant improvements in the quality of life. It is not just about learning to recognize the call of the wrentit, to be able to identify ceanothus, or understand the value of chaparral as a watershed; in a fire-prone environment like southern California, it is a matter of survival.”


Richard W. Halsey is a writer, photographer, and the director of the California Chaparral Institute, a non-profit research and educational organization dedicated to the preservation of California’s native chaparral ecosystem, helping communities understand the dynamics of wildland fire, and supporting the creative spirit as inspired by the natural environment.

Halsey also works with the San Diego Museum of Natural History, teaches natural history throughout the state, and leads the Chaparral Naturalist Program at the Elfin Forest Reserve in Escondido. While teaching high school biology, Halsey was selected as the Teacher of the Year for San Diego City Schools and awarded the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship.

He has given more than 400 public lectures, conducted numerous research projects, and published more than a dozen papers and articles concerning the ecology of California’s chaparral ecosystem. Halsey also has been trained as a wildland firefighter long past the age most would consider prudent.

California Poppies and Parry’s Phacelias flourishing in the spring following the 2007 Witch Creek Fire in San Diego County. Photo by Richard W. Halsey.

The cost for the full workshop is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 62-up, and $15 for students 13-18 as well as those who lost residences or landscapes in the Thomas Fire. Admission for the afternoon session only is $15 for the general public or $10 for OVGC and LPFW members. Scholarships also are available for the afternoon lecture through OVGC. Once registered, participants will receive a confirmation email with details about location, directions, lunch option and more. For more information email register@herbwalks.com or call 805-646-6281.

Please click on the REGISTER link below to sign up and specify  “afternoon only.” You may also sign up for a waiting list for the full workshop. To guarantee your space, use the PayPal link. To pay by cash or check, please email register@herbwalks.com.


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    1. Yes, photography is allowed and encouraged. We ask that you share photos with us. If we use them in the media we will give a photo credit. Please use the REGISTER and PAYPAL buttons on this page to register. Thanks!

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