July 1, 2017 :: 3PM :: Fact & Fiction Downtown
No one will argue about the destructive potential of wildfire—we see it in the news all too often. But fire is a natural process that can be a powerful agent of healing and renewal, able to return nutrients to the soil and keep forest diseases and harmful insects in check.
We have entered a new era in which wildfire is a more potent force than ever before and a primary player in the changing landscape of the American West. Climate change and increasingly severe periods of drought are causing wildfire season to burn longer and hotter, affecting more and more people and property. How can we get along better with fire and harness its healing power without unleashing unchecked destruction?
Land on Fire by bestselling nature writer Gary Ferguson explores the research being done to find an answer to this question. Readers will learn about the heroic efforts of those responsible for fighting fires and how nature reacts in the aftermath of flames. Wildfires have a profound impact on our land, our economy, the welfare of wildlife, and the livability of the American West. Share a deeper understanding of our time of fire and all that we can learn from it.
Gary Ferguson has written many books on nature and science, including Hawks Rest, which won both the PNBA and the MPIBA Book Award for Nonfiction, Decade of the Wolf, The Great Divide, and The Carry Home. His articles have appeared in Vanity Fair, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications. His lectures on wilderness are a culmination of thirty years researching and experiencing the marriage of wild lands, history, myth, and narrative psychology. Visit him at wildwords.net.