Wednesday, Oct. 23rd 12:00 - 1:30 PM

California's Fire Ecology: Can We Design With Fire as a Natural Process? (Panel Discussion)

with Stephanie Landregan, Dr. Jon Keeley and David Haas

Seminar Price: $60


Room: TBD

A panel discussion on California's Fire Ecology, the nature of fire, the nature of design, and if landscape design, maintenance and materials work within these parameters.

Dr. Jon Keeley, Sr. Scientist, ST, USGS and Adjunct Professor Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, will talk on the Fire Ecology of California.

David Haas, Regional Urban Forester, CAL FIRE will talk on the built landscape, use of appropriate materials, and lessons learned from recent fires. (invited and interested, but dependent on possible fire duty)

Stephanie V. Landregan, FASLA, Landscape Architect, UCLA Extension Landscape Architecture Program Director will discuss adapting design to fire as a natural ecosystem process at multiple scales or working to create a Fire Adaptive Design vision.

Stephanie Landregan

Director for the Landscape Architecture Program and the Horticulture and Gardening Program at UCLA Extension

Stephanie Landregan is the Director for the Landscape Architecture Program and the Horticulture and Gardening Program at UCLA Extension. Previously, Stephanie was the Chief Landscape Architect for the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority where she designed public access to open space in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Her other passion is working with legislators to create legislation that works in the landscape. She has worked on codes and ordinances that affect all aspects of the landscape, including tree ordinances, fire codes, restoration, low impact development, and water conservation measures. Ms. Landregan graduated from the University of Kentucky in Arts, a graduate of the UCLA Extension Certificate Program in landscape architecture and is pursuing her MS in project management from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She is a member of the California State Mining and Geology Board. Ms. Landregan is a registered licensed landscape architect in the State of California, #4093.

Dr. Jon Keeley

Senior ST research scientist with USGS

Jon E. Keeley, is Senior ST research scientist with USGS, adjunct professor at UCLA, former program director at NSF, recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and ESA Fellow. He has spent sabbaticals in all five mediterranean climate regions of the world. His research includes ecological life history strategies of plants from fire-prone ecosystems, fire-stimulated seed germination, invasive species, taxonomy of Arctostaphylos, and biochemical pathways of photosynthesis in vernal pool plants. He has over 350 publications, which have garnered more than 20,000 citations.

David Haas

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Region Urban Forester

David is the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Region Urban Forester for Los Angeles and Ventura counties. He was born and raised in Anaheim. He attended Bakersfield College and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he received degrees in Forestry. After graduating, David worked for a private timber company in northern California. In 2015, David went to work for CAL FIRE. He is a Registered Professional Forester and a licensed Pest Control Advisor.

Previous TLE Presentations

We are excited to announce this is Jon Keeley and David Haas's first time presenting at the Landscape Expo.

2013 - Stephanie Landregan - Complete Streets: Can They Be More?

The Living Streets Manual will be reviewed and guidelines explored. "Living Streets" looks at ALL the functions a street should perform not just for automobiles. The multi-functions a street should be designed to perform include: as a natural system for stormwater, as a social environment for interaction and community, as a traffic conduit for pedestrians, bicycles and autos. Incorporating natural systems can improve both the function, maintenance and the health of the street and community.

Landregan will provide examples of designs from the Living Streets guidelines that include historical precedent and national and international examples of streets, and incorporate ecological considerations, both social and environmental. The session will discuss the considerations and constraints within these projects and specific techniques that combine the infrastructural and aesthetic benefit. The session will also present examples and benefits from reclaiming, transforming and energizing streets as a shared space. 

More . . .

Stephanie Landregan is being inducted into the 2019 Green Industry Hall of Fame. Click HERE for more info about the organization.

Landregan was a 2018 recipient of the Ruth Shellhorn Leadership Award.

The UCLA Extension's Architecture Program received recognition as the university-level entry winner in the Median Design Competition in 2016. Landregan provided guidance on the plan and proposal. For more details on the competition, view the news article HERE and HERE.

Check out an article on the "The Future of Landscape Architecture" panel discussion held at the 2013 Landscape Architects' Expo in Long Beach.

Follow Landregan on Twitter.

Jon Keeley is senior author of the 2012 Cambridge University Press book Fire in Mediterranean Climate Ecosystems: Ecology, Evolution and Management

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