From Torrey Pines to Palomar Mountain to Anza-Borrego, Mesa College astronomy professor and Afoot and Afield author Jerry Schad is and the undisputed trails expert for San Diego County, along with much of Southern California.
In this special edition of Treehuggers International, Jerry talks about how Afoot and Afield In San Diego came together, in part built out of his earlier trail running and bicycling books, and the effects of the 2003 and 2007 fires on San Diego’s prime hiking destinations.
Jerry also touches on urban-wildland interface zones, the Ten Essentials, his Afoot and Afield entries for Orange and Los Angeles counties, new trail additions in the latest edition of Afoot and Afield In San Diego, and of course, where to camp in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to catch the best show of stars and celestial wonders.
Lace up your boots for a conversation with San Diego’s long-time outdoors encyclopedia, enthusiast and advocate, Jerry Schad.
More about this post at:
- Skyphoto, Jerry Schad’s astronomical photographs
- Wilderness Press Bio
- San Diego Reader Staff Page
- KPBS Videos Page
- Afoot and Afield Author Talks About Hiking Areas After Wildfires (San Diego.com; 1/28/08)
Treehuggers International’s recent conversation with author, retired California State Parks ranger, and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park paleontology expert Paul Remeika is now in the Show Archive. Currently working on a revised edition of his landmark book Geology of Anza-Borrego: Edge of Creation, Paul Remeika provides a fascinating look into the layers of fossils, rock, and time captured in the Salton Trough and on natural display at the “outdoor museum” of Anza-Borrego, and discusses the myriad of fault blocks and tectonic forces which make Anza-Borrego one of the most seismically active areas in North America. Now available at the Show Archive page.
Treehuggers International friend Rick Halsey landed some prime real estate in the November 26th, 2008 edition of the Los Angeles Times to talk about the California Chaparral Institute and his work preserving and protecting California chaparral. Read the article HERE, and scroll down to the Show Archive to hear Rick’s most recent appearance on Treehuggers International discussing the San Diego Regional Fire Safety Forum, holistic approaches to land management and fire prevention, his experience as a Type II wildland firefighter, concerns over the prescribed burning of backcountry chaparral, fuel management issues, and Rick’s visit to the Tassajara Zen Center in Big Sur. Review the lessons of the October 2007 Firestorms with a chaparral expert and fire professional at the Show Archive page.