Community Lecture – “Impacts & Management after the Thomas Fire”
On the evening of Thursday., Jan. 18, 2018, Ventura Land Trust (VLT) will host a community lecture entitled “No Doubting Thomas: The Impacts, Management, and World after the Thomas Fire” at the Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Rd., Ventura. Beginning at 7 p.m., the first in our 2018 Environmental Speaker Series, will he led by Dr. Sean Anderson, Departmental Chair of the Environmental Science and Resource Management Program at of California State University Channel Islands.
Dr. Anderson, a highly-esteemed and broadly trained ecologist and conservation biologist with dual BAs from UCSB, a PhD from UCLA and Postdoctoral and Research Fellowships from Stanford University, will discuss how wilderness areas react to wildfires, the impacts of the Thomas Fire on local ecosystems and wildlife and what the public can do now to help restore the land, prevent erosion and flood damage, and encourage the return of native plants and animals.
Now in its third year, the Ventura Land Trust’s Environmental Speaker Series is one of many ways we work to educate the public about important environmental topics. Our Big Rock Preserve, where we lead free outdoor environmental field trips for local students and community groups, suffered significant damage in the Thomas Fire. In the coming months, we will host a series of volunteer habitat restoration and erosion control work days on the property with the first taking place on January 15, the Martin Luther King Holiday.
A suggested donation of $10 per person will be collected at the door to go toward restoration work at the Ventura Land Trust’s Big Rock Preserve. Space is limited and RSVPs are highly encouraged.