MENDOCINO Co., 11/14/19 — Winter months, with their short days and cold nights, are often the best time to plan ahead for the upcoming year — looking through new seed catalogs, planning new land projects, and being strategic about the year ahead. This year, as fire season stretches into November, how to best prepare your property for fire risks is a topic on everyone’s mind, and you can learn more about it during an upcoming talk with firescaping expert Douglas Kent.
Kent will be speaking about firescaping, especially in the “urban-wildland” interface which comprises much of Mendocino County populated area, during a presentation on Thursday, November 21 from 6:30 — 8 p.m. in the Little Theater at the Mendocino College Ukiah campus. He is the author a new book on firescaping, published in October, as well as six other books, a horticultural expert, and an instructor at Cal Poly Pomona.
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Mendocino College Agriculture Department Welcomes Author Douglas Kent for Firescaping Talk, Nov 21
The Mendocino College Agriculture Department is pleased to welcome nationally recognized author, horticulture expert, and Cal Poly Pomona Instructor, Douglas Kent on November 21 for a dynamic presentation about the importance of firescaping and managing wildlands near urban areas for fire safety.
With tens of thousands of wildfires burning across the country every year, destroying millions of acres of land, the importance of firescaping is now more important than ever. Kent will share valuable information from his book Firescaping (October 2019, Wilderness Press) including secrets, tricks, and simple instructions that can help homes survive a wildfire.
Kent’s love affair with landscaping spans decades. He is an expert in ecological land management (ELM), the practice of designing and maintaining landscapes for specific environmental outcomes, such as carbon reduction, pollinator attraction, or waterbody protection. Kent has run four statewide education campaigns and participated in hundreds of landscape projects. Since 2005, he has toured, worked with, and spoken to fire-scarred communities throughout California. He has been on the front lines of many fires. His work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Fine Gardening, Sunset Magazine, and National Wildlife, as well as on HGTV and CNN Comcast. Aside from Firescaping, Kent has written six other books and has taught some aspect of land management at the Center for Regenerative Studies at California Polytechnic State University, Pomona, since 2008.
This event will be held in the Little Theater at the Mendocino College Ukiah campus on Thursday, November 21 from 6:30 -8 pm. The Ukiah campus of Mendocino College is located at 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah, CA 95482. For more information about the event, contact Jim Xerogeanes at (707) 468-3218.