Thursday, January 14, 2021
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Current shifts in the natural world differ from past changes because they are occurring so rapidly and so much of the Earth’s surface has been altered, reducing both the available habitat and the seed source for plant communities to move. There is a need to act on a large and small scale to counteract the impacts and preserve biodiversity. All of us have a role in preserving species and natural communities. We will discuss what we can do to make room for nature. We will look at current data on the state of the earth, the importance of plant communities to include keystone species, and concepts from restoration science and efforts described by Doug Tallamy and others that can be taken.
Charles is a native of Arlington, VA, and a naturalist and ecologist with 27 years of experience in natural resource inventory, planning, management and monitoring.
He is currently branch chief of Fairfax County Stormwater Planning Division, focusing on stream and natural area restoration. Charles is a US Army veteran; board member of the Virginia Native Plant Society, Prince William Wildflower Society and Prince William Conservation Alliance; and a certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner.
Charles is a popular VNPS speaker and has served as an instructor for three chapters of the Virginia Master Naturalists.
VNPS programs are free and open to the public.