On the evening of Thurs., Jan. 18, 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. Beginning at 7 p.m., this first in VLT’s 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 VLT works to educate the public about important environmental topics. The non-profit land trust’s Big Rock Preserve, where they lead free outdoor environmental field trips for local students and community groups, suffered significant damage in the Thomas Fire. In the coming months, they 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. Visit the VLT Events Page for more information: www.venturalandtrust.org/events.
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 reservations are highly encouraged. RSVP at: http://www.venturalandtrust.org/lecture_thomas_fire.
For more information about VLT’s Thomas Fire Restoration efforts, visit: www.venturalandtrust.org/thomas_fire_recovery or call the VLT office 643-8044.
The Ventura Land Trust (formerly the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy) is dedicated to permanently preserving and protecting the land, water, wildlife and scenic beauty of the Ventura region for current and future generations. Founded in 2003, the 501(C)(3) non-profit organization is supported by over 600 members, local businesses and government partners. The land trust manages 90 acres of land along the Ventura River and is negotiating the purchase of its first hillside property. The Ventura Land Trust’s offices are located in the Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Rd, Ventura, CA 93003. For more information, visit www.venturalandtrust.org.