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MNPS Program: Maryland's Fire History: Using Fire To Restore Natural Communities

  • 02/23/2021
  • 7:30 PM
  • Zoom Webinar


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We can accommodate 500 viewers on Zoom. First come first served. A recording will be available 2-3 weeks after the program.

Speaker: Deborah Landau PhD,  Conservation Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy Maryland/DC Chapter

From the Coastal Plan to the Appalachian Plateau, Maryland’s plants have evolved to not only live with but often require fire in order to survive and thrive. This talk will discuss what we know about fire history in Maryland, and what tools we are using to gain a better understanding of the role fire played in shaping our natural areas.  Our speaker will then talk about The Nature Conservancy's burn program in Maryland, how they measure the success of their restoration burns, and some surprises they’ve learned along the way.

Our speaker, Deborah Landau, has been the Conservation Ecologist for the Maryland/DC Chapter of The Nature Conservancy since 2001. Her work focuses on restoration at more than 30 Conservancy preserves across Maryland/DC and reaching into West Virginia. Her projects include planting native trees; controlling invasive species; returning natural processes to the landscape (such as fire through controlled burns and water flow through hydrologic restoration); increasing forest resiliency, and monitoring how plants, animals, and natural communities respond to these conservation actions. Deborah is also adjunct faculty at Frostburg State University.

Before coming to The Nature Conservancy, Deborah worked on the MesoAmerican Biological Corridor for the World Bank, focusing on Belize, Nicaragua and Honduras.  She has a PhD in Entomology and Plant Biology from Louisiana State University, an MS in Entomology and Plant Pathology from the University of Tennessee and a BS in International Environmental Studies and International Food and Agriculture from Rutgers University, Cook College.

The program will be presented online through Zoom, in webinar format. You will not be able to share your own audio or video with other participants, but you will be able to submit questions in writing during the program.

Registration is required. After you register, you will receive a registration confirmation email with a link to the Zoom program. 

The program is free and open to the public.

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