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Land Trust kicks off series of six armchair treks

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Wednesday kicks off a series of six armchair treks by the Nevada County Land Trust with a slide and lecture presentation about what makes earthquakes rock and roll by Jerry Pressler, professor emeritus of geology and geography. The “trek” takes place at the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room, 7-9 p.m., $5; refreshments will be served. Call Stephanie or Robin at the Land Trust for information at 272-5994.

Presentations coming up:

March 14, “Inland Island: The Sutter Buttes,” a new book by artist, photographer, expedition guide, and ecologist with extensive global experience, Walt Anderson. Professor of environmental studies at Prescott College, Anderson will present a fascinating evening of slides and discussion about the Sutter Buttes. Books will be available and signed by the author.

March 30, “Can It Really Happen Here?” Tsunamis, volcanoes and earthquakes, an in-depth look at plate tectonics through slides and a lecture with geologist and professor Sterling Warr-Pryer.

April 6, “Kanakas.” Bet you didn’t know they were here before the Gold Rush and played a prominent role in the shaping of early California. Local author and archaeologist Hank Meals will share his ongoing research on the history of Hawaiians in Northeastern California.

April 27, “Stories of the Yuba.” Award-winning filmmaker Gregg Schiffner hiked the entire 60 miles of the Yuba and led an extensive search into the archives of Northern California to reveal the story behind the ruins, relics and people he discovered during filming. On this night, he will share many of his insights and experiences that led to the making of this film, which he calls “repaying a debt to the river that gave me so much.”

May 3, “Crow’s Range – An Environmental History of the Sierra Nevada” by David Beesley. Through Dr. Beesley’s thoughtful and wide-ranging discussion, John Muir’s “divinely beautiful” range is revealed in all its natural and economic complexity, a place that at the beginning of the 21st century is in grave danger of being loved to death. Books will be available and signed by the author.

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