Guest speaker to discuss prescribed burns – Times-Standard

The Sequoia Park Zoo Conservation Lecture Series goes virtual for 2021/22 and the second free lecture is scheduled for Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. via Zoom.

Lenya Quinn-Davidson of the University of California Cooperative Extension will discuss “Burning from the bottom up: Restoring the California fire connection.”

Updates and information about the zoo will begin at 6:45 p.m. and the conference will begin at 7:00 p.m. Participants can ask questions at the end of the presentation through the Zoom chat box. Login via a free, registered Zoom account is required, or attendees can watch live on the Sequoia Park Zoo Facebook page. The Zoom link will be available on and on social networks.

Quinn-Davidson will discuss recent efforts to scale up prescribed burn, with a focus on policy, capacity building and other aspects of the prescribed burn movement in California.

Quinn-Davidson is a fire consultant at the University of California Cooperative Extension on the North Coast. Her primary focus is on the human connection to fire and on increasing the use of prescribed burning for habitat restoration, invasive species control, and the resilience of ecosystems and communities. She works on prescribed burn issues at different scales, including locally in Humboldt County, where she works with private landowners to bring fire back as a land management tool; at the state level, where she collaborates on prescribed burn policy and research, and helps inspire and support prescribed burn associations; and nationally, through his work and leadership in prescribed burning training exchanges. She is passionate about using prescribed burning to inspire and empower people, from rural pastoralists and agency leaders to young women pursuing careers in fire management, and everyone in between.

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