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Speaker Series: Riparian Plant Communities

February 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Photo From Thompson and West (1880), Courtesy of the Sacramento Room of the Sacramento Public Library

How History Changed the Forests Along Our Local Rivers

Guest Speaker: Louise Jackson

Join Louise Jackson as she shares information about plant communities along Sacramento’s local rivers and how these ecosystems have changed through history.

Before European settlement, vast riparian forests grew along the rivers and creeks of the Sacramento Valley and supported Native American villages. Using old maps, travel diaries and historical accounts, this talk will examine how these forests disappeared rapidly in the mid-1800s and why land management changed so precariously during this period. Today, the remnant forests still have some of the most complex structure of any forest type in California, and the richest biodiversity of animal life.

Photo From Thompson and West (1880), Courtesy of the Sacramento Room of the Sacramento Public Library.

Louise Jackson has studied natural and agricultural ecosystems in Central California for many decades. Recently, she began to explore how the Gold Rush triggered massive land use change, which then lured agricultural settlers, including her great-grandparents from Spain, with promises of abundance. Louise is Emerita Professor in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources at UC Davis. She received her BA from UC Santa Cruz and her PhD from University of Washington.

To Attend

Please RSVP below by 6pm the evening prior. Space is limited. Parking and admission are free, but donations are encouraged ($5-$20 per person recommended). All money collected will be split between SVC and a nonprofit chosen by the presenter. Complete your liability waiver in advance for faster checkin.

SVC’s Environmental Speaker Series at Camp Pollock

Join us for a different topic the second Thursday of the month, February through June. Download the flier here.

  • Feb 8 – Riparian Plant Communities with Louise Jackson
  • Mar 14 – Three Central Valley Birds of Concern with Dan Airola
  • Apr 11 – Bumblebees and Habitat Needs with Jaymee Marty
  • May 9 – Open Space Protection Updates with Steve Schweigerdt
  • Jun 13 – Western Pond Turtle Conservation Update with Dr. Michelle Stevens

Who's Attending

21 people are attending Speaker Series: Riparian Plant Communities

  • Cara Allen
  • wendy silk


February 8
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Camp Pollock
1501 Northgate Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95815 United States
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