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Nature Lecture: "Exploring and Protecting California's Newest National Monuments"

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Nature Lecture:

Exploring and Protecting California's Newest National Monuments

David Lamfrom Joshua Tree National Park

With David Lamfrom*

(*Please note change of speaker)

Join us on Wednesday, October 18th for a Nature Lecture with David Lamfrom, the Director of the California Desert and National Wildlife programs with the National Parks Conservation Association. In Exploring and Protecting California's Newest National Monuments, you'll learn why these public lands have been protected, the current efforts to keep them protected, and how you can be involved in their future. The lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. in The Learning Center (TLC). This program is presented in partnership with the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park.

In 2016, three new National Monuments were designated in the California desert. Sand to Snow National Monument is near Palm Springs and Joshua Tree and includes the highest point in southern California—Mount San Gorgonio—as well as winding canyons, hidden oases, and abundant wildlife. Mojave Trails National Monument contains the story of western expansion—the longest intact stretch of Route 66, World War II Training Camps, ghost towns and vast undisturbed views. Castle Mountains National Monument protects one of the most biologically interesting and scenically diverse areas anywhere in California’s desert.  

The presentation will focus on telling the story of these landscapes through pictures with a narration of their significant features and protection efforts by local communities.

David Lamfrom is the Director of the California Desert and National Wildlife programs with the National Parks Conservation Association. He uses his passion and knowledge of our natural, cultural and historical resources to inspire others to learn about and protect our national parks. David joined the NPCA Pacific Region staff after spending three years as a regional vice-president for an environmental consulting firm in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Prior to that, David was employed in diverse wildlife and agricultural research biology positions including experiences in the fields of aquaculture, agricultural biology and herpetology. He volunteered time and expertise as a naturalist for the Wildlife Research Team, a non-profit organization who has had tremendous success utilizing non-mechanized mangrove restoration in Biscayne Bay, Florida. As a graduate of New College of Florida, David has had the opportunity to conduct significant study in the fields of ecology, herpetology, foreign languages, Native American studies, and art. Published both as an author and wildlife photographer in several issues of Wild South magazine, David is an avid naturalist, hiker, and photographer who spends his free time exploring wildlife and wilderness. He has traveled extensively throughout the National Park System including photo forays throughout the South, Southwest, Rockies, Appalachians, and Pacific Northwest.

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