The History and Future of Channel Islands National Park

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Date: January 13, 2016
Contact: Yvonne Menard, 805-658-5725

This year's From Shore to Sea lecture series is extended to a monthly series in honor of the National Park Service (NPS) Centennial. The series opens with a talk by Gary Davis, former NPS Chief Ocean Scientist, on the past, present, and future of Channel Islands National Park, our nation's 40th national park.

Since 1980, the NPS has protected the fragile and valuable ecosystems found on and around the Channel Islands. The NPS and many partners have tirelessly worked to restored balance to the island and marine ecosystems by removing nonnative species, restoring habitats, and recovering endangered plant and animal populations.

Davis will analyze the ways in which the stewardship of the Channel Islands not only benefits the natural environment but can also improve our lives. He will reveal some of the future challenges the NPS faces such as adapting to a changing climate.

Davis received a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Biology from San Diego State University. He is currently the president of GEDavis &Associates, a private consulting firm focusing on environmental issues. He has a long history of service as an NPS employee, including work as a research scientist and a science advisor for Channel Islands National Park.

The talk will be held on Thursday, January 14, 2016. The From Shore to Sea lecture series is sponsored by Channel Islands National Park to further the understanding of current research on the Channel Islands and surrounding marine waters. The 2016 lecture series will take place on Thursday at 7:00 pm each month, January through December, at the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center, 1901 Spinnaker Drive in Ventura Harbor. This extended schedule is in honor of the National Park Service's milestone centennial anniversary, which celebrates 100 years of national parks. The programs are free and open to the public.

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Last updated: January 13, 2016

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