Final Great Park Fall Natural History Lecture

October 19, 2009

IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ — Wildfires are in the news, with images of devastation and ruin. And as humans struggle to build their lives after a fire, so do the plants and animals of Southern California. Learn more about the ecology of wildfires as the Orange County Great Park concludes its Fall Natural History Lecture series, a series of evening events offering new insights into our natural and dynamic Southern Californian environment.

The final lecture in the Fall series, “21st Century Megafires in Southern California: Adapting to Fires in Paradise,” explores the sometimes positive effects wildfires can have in natural habitats. The public events are free and take place at the Second Harvest Food Bank, located near the Orange County Great Park. The series was organized by Dr. Steven Handel, Rutgers professor and lead ecologist for the Great Park Design Studio.

Additional lectures are planned, as part of a pilot program of educational events at the Great Park. Lectures will be held adjacent to the Great Park in the Executive Conference Room of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, 8014 Marine Way, Irvine, CA. Please enter Marine Way from Sand Canyon Avenue and follow the signs to Second Harvest Food Bank.

Thursday, October 22, 7:00 p.m.

“21st Century Megafires in Southern California: Adapting to Fires in Paradise”

Presented by Jon Keeley, Ph.D., U. S. Geological Survey, and Adjunct Professor of Ecology, UCLA

Wildfire! A constant concern and fear for our human communities, and a big factor that molds the natural world around us. We struggle against fire, every year, yet the plants and animals of our region have managed to survive for eons under the pressure of regular and devastating fires. Dr. Keeley is a world expert on the “ecology of fire,” how plants manage with this stress and how the habitats around us persist and change as fires sweep through. How do they do it? What does the future hold for our communities as the frequency of wildfires changes as our climate changes?

For information please visit www.ocgp.org or call 949-724-7420

SOURCE Orange County Great Park

Source: newswire

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