Thursday, May 23, 2019, 7:30 p.m.: La Tuna Canyon regeneration, with Kitty Connolly: On September 1, 2017, a fire broke out in La Tuna Canyon, about four miles from the Theodore Payne Foundation. Even while the fire was burning, Canyon residents were speculating about what to plant to stabilize the steep slopes. We saw the urgent need for education so, on September 16, we launched La Tuna Canyon Regeneration, a series of free lectures and classes about fire ecology and fire-wise landscaping. This shared disaster was an opportunity to raise awareness in our community of natural post-fire regeneration and direct the impulse to replant into a public project at the neighborhood fire station. We provided service when it was needed, demonstrating that Theodore Payne Foundation exists for the public good.
Kitty Connolly is Executive Director of the Theodore Payne Foundation. Since joining Theodore Payne in 2014, Kitty has led the organization through construction, strategic planning, and expanding programs so that today, the Foundation’s impact is felt across Los Angeles County. Previously, Kitty planned and directed interpretation for The Huntington Botanical Gardens and Smithsonian Institution. A life-long environmentalist, she holds a B.S. in environmental zoology from Ohio University and a M.A. in geography from UCLA. Her own native garden is a work in progress.