Nature and You: the Checkered Past and Uncertain Future of the Wilder Side of Litchfield County

 August 23, 2017 (Kent, Connecticut) – Join the Kent Memorial Library and Housatonic Valley Association as we put 500 million years of local natural history in perspective. The presentation takes place on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Kent Town Hall, 41 Kent Green Boulevard, Kent.

How well do you understand nature, how it has behaved over the eons and is likely to behave in the future? Artist and author Charles Raskob Robinson takes the long view of natural history, including “Snowball Earth and Hothouse Earth” —wild fluctuations between periods of prolific species creation and Earth’s five mass extinctions when 75% or more of all species were killed off. Scientists believe we’re entering the sixth mass extinction, the first one caused by humans. That’s quite an accomplishment for a species that’s only been here for a miniscule fraction of our planet’s history.

On a brighter note, environmentalist Tim Abbott of the Housatonic Valley Association will follow with a presentation about HVA’s recent efforts to promote conservation by working with towns throughout Litchfield County and the tri-state Housatonic Valley watershed. Tim, who has a distinguished career in environmental conservation, joined the HVA Litchfield Hills Greenprint Program as Director in 2008. The program is a collaboration with Litchfield County communities and local and regional land trusts to create a conservation vision, and increase the rate and scale of land conservation in the region. Earlier in his career, Abbot ran Greensleeves Environmental Services, an environmental consulting company and was the Berkshire Taconic Landscape Program Director for The Nature Conservancy. Prior to that he spent several years in Namibia, Africa as a Fulbright Scholar and employee of The Forum for Integrated Resource Management working on grassroots institutional organizing and community building.

Charles Raskob Robinson became fascinated with the history of this part of the planet when he did thirty-five plein air paintings of Litchfield’s Lake Waramaug over a two-year period during all times of day and seasons of the year. This led him to dig into the history of Nature over the eons – especially the last 500 million years, during which time the Lake was formed. The resulting book, Lake Waramaug Observed, was published earlier this year. He also wrote The Naval War of 1812- 1815: Foundation of America’s Maritime Might and directed and produced a seven-part video documentary series in conjunction with the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Coastguard and sixty museums in Europe, Canada and the United States, The Naval War of 1812 Illustrated as part of the 1812 Bicentennial commemoration.

This event is free and open to the public. To register or for more information call the Library, 860- 927-3761; email kmlinfo@biblio.org; stop by the Library; or visit the Library’s online calendar at kentmemoriallibrary.org. His book will be available for purchase & signing after the talk.

About the Kent Memorial Library

The Kent Memorial Library’s mission is to enrich the lives of individuals and the community by providing materials, programs, and services to encourage reading, learning and imagination. The Kent Memorial Library is located at 32 North Main Street, Kent, Connecticut.

About the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA)

Founded in 1941 as the Housatonic Valley Conference, HVA’s mission is to protect the natural character and environmental health of the Housatonic River and its surrounding watershed lands for this and future generations.