Lessons from Historical Ecology
San Francisco Estuary Institute
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Mendocino County Fairgrounds
Anderson Valley Land Trust invites you to join us for a presentation and discussion with Robin Grossinger, Senior Scientist and co-Director at the Resilient Landscapes Program of the San Francisco Estuary Institute. Robin creates compelling and revealing portraits of how California valleys have changed over the past centuries and his work has had a profound impact on how we perceive, and move forward with, our living landscapes.
Robin Grossinger has been called a “poet-scientist” in researching how California’s beautiful landscapes have looked over the centuries, and how their watersheds and ecologies have changed. In one of his major projects, he found historic maps and fragments to create a compelling visual tour of Napa Valley from the early 1800s onward—a forgotten land of brilliant wildflower fields, lush wetlands, and grand oak savannas. This helped a coalition of vineyard owners, conservationists, government agencies and residents in Napa to develop a common understanding of the function of oak and willow stands and rivers with fish and beavers, and their relationship to today’s issues of flooding, changing ground water levels, and incised streams.
Napa Valley is estimated to once been the home to 40,000 to 50,000 valley oaks and hundreds of groves. They were reduced to some 700 oaks and one historic grove. Robin Grossinger’s presentation will give us some food for thought for Anderson Valley and Mendocino County’s future.
There is no charge for this event, but reservations are requested.
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