Scott Abella (Life Sciences) presented the first talk in the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension's 2016 Nevada Naturalist Lecture Series. His presentation was titled "Conserving America’s National Parks." Abella shared stories of active conservation projects across the national park system, including many local parks such as the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Abella authored the book, Conserving America’s National Parks 1916-2016, celebrating 100 years of conservation, commitment, and care.
He also recently hosted the Mount Charleston Science Symposium: Effects of the Carpenter 1 Fire and Conserving the Rest. The symposium brought together stakeholders to provide an overview of the state of the science in the Spring Mountains. The symposium raised awareness of the value and conservation needs of the unique Mojave Desert ecosystem.
Presentations covered topics such as historical forest changes, the ecology of the mountain range’s unique butterfly communities, designing forest fuel reduction and restoration projects, effects of the Carpenter 1 Fire.
The symposium was made possible by funding from the Joint Fire Science Program and the California Fire Science Consortium, which was awarded to the School of Life Sciences.