Meet the Author: Gary FergusonMeet the author of this timely book on wildfires. Saturday, September 16, 3:00 pm in the Community Room.
Nature writer Gary Ferguson says we are facing a "perfect storm" when it comes to wildfires. Climate change has led to less snow, longer droughts, and more wind and there's a lot of fuel on the forest floors. The result is ten more weeks of fire season than we saw in the early '70s, and those fires are hotter and often beyond control. Ferguson talks about the role fire should play in a healthy ecosystem and the new reality of wildfire in the West.
Ferguson's book Land on Fire: The New Reality of Wildfire in the West explores the science behind this phenomenon and the ongoing research to find a solution and details how years of fire suppression and chronic drought have combined to make the situation so dire. Ferguson also brings to life the extraordinary efforts of those responsible for fighting wildfires, and explains how nature reacts in the aftermath of flames.
Gary Ferguson has written more than 20 nonfiction books on nature and science, including Hawks Rest and The Carry Home. As a nature writer, his books focus on issues of ecology and conservation, with a particular focus on how people interact with nature.
Time: 3:00 pm
Billings Public Library
510 N Broadway
Billings, MT 59101