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MONTHLY MEETING: Gary Ferguson on Wildfire in the West

Wildfires in California

Speaker: Gary Ferguson.

On Monday, January 8, 2018, the San Diego Horticultural Society welcomes Gary Ferguson, researcher, teacher, author, and leading advocate for conservation and many environmental issues plaguing us today.

His latest book, Land on Fire: The New Reality of Wildfire in the West, tackles an issue that most, if not all, of us here on the west coast know all too well. His presentation will focus on western wild fires: how we have impacted our surroundings; how fires affect us; and the integral part fires play in many western forests. Bringing together years of experience with science, human nature, and psychology, much of Gary's work studies human impact on our environment, as well as the impact that the environment has on humans. Gary will discuss his findings so we can gain a better understanding on wildfire ecology.

Over the past twenty-five years, Gary has traveled thousands of miles down the rivers, trails, and back roads of North America. He's trekked 500 miles through Yellowstone to write Walking Down the Wild (Simon & Schuster); wandered through the seasons with the first fourteen wolves released into Yellowstone National Park for The Yellowstone Wolves: The First Year (Globe Pequot); and spent a season in the field at a wilderness therapy program for the best-selling Shouting at the Sky (St. Martin’s Press).

He has written for a variety of publications, from Vanity Fair to The Los Angeles Times. He’s also author of twenty-two books on science and nature, including the award-winning Hawks Rest: A Season in the Remote Heart of Yellowstone, published by National Geographic Adventure Press.

The evening starts at 6:00 p.m. at the Congregation Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive, San Diego. Parking is free and everyone is welcome. Admission is free for SDHS members and $15 for non-members. For more information, call (619) 296-9215 or visit

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