Grass grows in the deserts of the American West, but increasingly these grasses are not native to the area. These invasive grasses are fueling wildfires in areas not previously prone to fire, according to desert ecologist and USGS senior scientist Julio Betancourt, who will give a talk at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, at USGS headquarters in Menlo Park.
The talk, titled "Invasives and Wildfires In The West," looks at the intersection of science, public policy and land management in addressing a problem that affects biodiversity, conservation, property, life as we know it, and local and regional economies, according to the USGS.
Mr. Betancourt's presentation will take place in Conference Room A in Building 3 at the USGS offices at 345 Middlefield Road in Menlo Park.
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