Sep 06, 2022
Natural Fires
Dr. Chad Hanson

Natural Fires - Dr. Chad Hanson 

Natural fires are as essential as sun and rain in fire-adapted forests, but as humans encroach on wild spaces, fear, arrogance, and greed have shaped the way that people view these regenerative events and have given rise to misinformation. The peril that these myths pose to forests is profound—affecting whole habitats and the wildlife that depend on them. The exploitation of these carbon dioxide-absorbing ecosystems also threatens humanity's chance of overcoming the climate crisis. Dr. Chad Hanson will address these issues and suggest a better, science-based, and more hopeful path forward, as he discusses in his new book, Smokescreen: Debunking Wildfire Myths to Save Our Forests and Our Climate

Dr. Chad Hanson is a research ecologist and the director of the John Muir Project of Earth Island Institute, located in Big Bear City, California. Dr. Hanson has a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of California at Davis, with a research focus on fire ecology in conifer forest ecosystems, and he is the author of the 2021 book, Smokescreen: Debunking Wildfire Myths to Save Our Forests and Our Climate. He is also the co-editor and co-author of the 2015 book, The Ecological Importance of Mixed-Severity Fires: Nature’s Phoenix (Elsevier, Inc.). He has published dozens of scientific studies and articles in peer-reviewed journals pertaining to forest/fire ecology and climate change. Research by Dr. Hanson covers topics such as natural post-fire forest regrowth and carbon sequestration; carbon flux in wildland fires; current forest fire patterns and trends; fire history; habitat selection of rare wildlife species associated with habitat created by high-intensity fire; and adverse impacts to wildlife caused by logging. He became involved in forest conservation work after hiking the entire length of the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada in 1989 with his older brother and seeing firsthand the devastation to forests caused by the commercial logging program on federal public lands in the U.S. The New York Times (August 6, 2017) described Dr. Hanson as being on “the cutting edge of ecological research”. Dr. Hanson regularly authors opinion-editorial articles that are published in national newspapers, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post.

 

Please join us from 6:00pm to 7:30pm PST

 
> In Person at 6pm PST
Meet us at the Boys and Girls Club of Solana Beach located 533 Lomas Santa Fe Dr, Solana Beach, CA 92075, in the Harper Cottage (toward the rear of the club).
 
OR
 
> Online at 6:20pm PST
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Meeting Agenda
6pm - 6:30pm: Social time with wine, light refreshments, and snacks
6:30pm - 7pm: General club business 
7pm - 7:30pm: Speaker presentation and Q&A
 
Members: $10 in person / $5 on zoom
Non-Members: First meeting is free then $20 in person / $10 on zoom
 
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