Fire has played a transformational role in the ecology of the North American West for hundreds of millennia. As a primary force in the evolution and composition of California’ vegetation and flora, the restorative processes associated with vegetation fires have long been an integral element of California’s indigenous cultures and people, who actively shaped many of California’s living landscapes through prescriptive burning over thousands of years.
This presentation will provide a brief survey of some of the ecological effects of vegetation fires, in particular the renaissance of Sonoma County native plant populations following recent burns.
Peter Warner has worked in urban forestry, landscaping, public lands management, ecological research, education and consulting for over 40 years, with BS and MA degrees from Sonoma State University. Still active as a plant ecologist and botanist, he maintains his curiosity and wonder about plants, fungi, animals, soil, rock, water, and all the elements; constantly in quest of exploring and redefining his niche among the rest of the living.
During this period of social distancing, Mt. Lassen Chapter is pleased to offer virtual programs to our membership and community. Each program about native plants or their habitats will take place with Zoom webinar and simultaneous broadcast to Facebook Live where it will reside for later viewing. Hesh Kaplan has recruited speakers for the following events which was much easier than scheduling the usual in person presentations for General Meetings at the Chico Branch Library on the first Wednesday of the month.
Join us via the California Native Plant Society, Mount Lassen Chapter Facebook page or click on the Zoom virtual meeting link from the email you will receive within a day of the talk.
February 3, Wednesday. 7 PM. Fire and Ecosystem Resiliency. By: Peter Warner, Milo Baker Chapter – CNPS.