Prof. Char Miller, the director and W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis at Pomona, has written again on fire policy at the urban-wilderness interface. This time the fire was close to home, at the Robert J. Bernard Field Station, an outdoor research site of rare coastal sagescrub owned by the Claremont Colleges and located on the campuses' northern edge.
His column on KCET.org, "What Happens When a Brush Fire Burns College Property? The Students Get a Living Laboratory," talks about the learning opportunities provided by the fire while it was burning and in the days ahead as faculty and students begin various research projects on the fire's impact.
A regular columnist for KCET.org, Miller's most recent books are Seeking the Greatest Good: The Conservation Legacy of Gifford Pinchot (2013), Death Valley National Park: A History (2013) and On the Edge: Water, Immigration and Politics in the Southwest (2013).