“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
$25/adults, $20/seniors, $15/students and those who lost residences in the fire
Lanny Kaufer

Please join me and renowned fire ecology expert and author Richard Halsey for a timely workshop on how to create resilient gardens and homes in Southern California as we go forward in the post-Thomas Fire era. We will begin with a morning walk to identify and discuss fire-wise native plants and continue after a lunch break with a slideshow talk based on Richard’s book and his research into the chaparral ecosystem and fire ecology.

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.

Richard 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.

The second edition of his book, Fire, Chaparral, and Survival in Southern California, was published in 2008 and was awarded the Best Nonfiction-Local Interest Book by the San Diego Book Awards Association. 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.

“Wildfires are going to happen and they are happening with increased frequency. The important question now is how do we protect life and property, allow for future growth, and continue to preserve a valuable natural resource [the chaparral]?…Considering the inevitability of fire in southern California, it’s best to learn how to let fire burn around us instead of through us.” — Richard W. Halsey, Fire Chaparral, and Survival in Southern California

The cost is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 62-up, and $15 for students 13-18 and those who lost residences or landscapes in the Thomas fire.

Please click on the REGISTER link below to sign up. To guarantee your space, please use the PayPal link at the bottom of the page. To pay by cash or check, please email register@herbwalks.com.




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