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A UCSB Reads 2014 Talk

"The History of Fire in Santa Barbara: Perceptions and Misconceptions"

Ray Ford
Author and Journalist
Santa Barbara, California

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
UCSB Library, Mary Cheadle Room, Third Floor

Ray Ford will speak about "History of Fire in Santa Barbara: Perceptions and Misconceptions." The talk will be preceded by a screening of "Dance of the Phoenix," a short documentary about the Tea Fire by UCSB students Romero Castillo, Mayur Prajapati, and Jackson Carter, that was produced as part of the Carsey-Wolf Center’s Blue Horizons program.

Ray Ford
is the author or numerous books and maps on Santa Barbara area trails, including Santa Barbara Day Hikes, Santa Barbara Mountain Biking, A Hiker's Guide to the Front Country, and, of particular relevance, Santa Barbara Wildfires. He is also a staff reporter for the Santa Barbara Independent newspaper, where he handles coverage of all local wildfires. He has been involved in trail management issues for more than twenty years, he manages the Los Padres Forest Association trail volunteer program, and he is the trail chair for the Santa Barbara Trails Council. As leader of the LPFA Trail Crew, Ray has overseen most of the paid trail work done on the front country trails over the past five years.

Note: The subject matter of talks associated with the UCSB Reads selection for 2014, The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America (Mariner Books, 2010), by Timothy Egan, is closely related to the first Bren School Strategic Environmental Research Initiative (SERI). The multidisciplinary, cross-campus collaborative project was undertaken with the goal of improving wildfire management strategies, particularly at the urban-wildland interface in the arid southwestern United States under conditions of climate change. Find out more about SERI Fire.