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An overview of California’s natural world – Conservation and Restoration
July 5, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Speaker: Obi Kaufmann
The greatest tool we have in defending California’s natural world, its biodiversity and its ecology, is an informed citizenry. Public policy is beginning to respond to an new upwelling of desire, as evidenced by hugely popular land trust organizations and non-governmental organizations to protect, restore and safeguard the whole, living portfolio of our unique and endemic systems across the Golden State. Transcending political polarizations, Californians are coming together to address long-standing, environmental remediation projects on a local and regional level. This geographic inventory of conservation, the list of projects in play and at stake from the Klamath River to the Salton Sea is extensive as it is exciting. New visions of conservation and post-environmentalism are emerging in response to the changing culture and represent a new kind of hope for our endangered ecosystems. How do we build a path forward so that we leave California at the end of the 21st century in better shape than we left it at the end of the 20th?
Obi Kaufmann is a naturalist, a painter and the author of the best-selling California Field Atlas (Heyday books, 2017). A systems-thinker by inclination, Obi’s cartography balances ecology and aesthetics as driving and orienting forces across California’s largest, living networks of earth, air, fire and water. An avid conservationist, Obi Kaufmann regularly travels around the state, speaking on issues of ecological restoration and preservation to such groups as the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildland center, the Mojave Desert Land Trust, The Anza Borrego Foundation, The Mono Lake Committee, the Peninsula Open Space Trust and Friends of the River in Coloma.