Originally Published: June 17, 2003 6:10 p.m.
DEWEY – Gary Paul Nabhan, director of the Center for Sustainable Environments at Northern Arizona University, will be the keynote speaker at the Central Arizona Land Trust's annual meeting in Dewey Friday.
Nabhan's most recent book is "Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods." It chronicles his effort to eat only fresh, local foods for an entire year.
He will share his experiences in that effort, as well as his insights into food production and distribution in this region, during the annual meeting.
The CALT meeting takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Young's Farm in Dewey. The public is welcome to attend the meeting and picnic dinner along the Agua Fria River, which includes Young's Farm fresh chicken, potato salad, cole slaw, fruit salad and apple crisp.
People can register online for $30 at centralazlandtrust.org, or pay $35 at the door. For more information, call CALT at 445-7790.
CALT will give out its annual Wide Open Spaces Award at the meeting, too.
The award goes to Helen Marie Boyle and Wesley DeBusk, for donating their family's historic home site to the City of Prescott and a 10-acre conservation easement to CALT. The rock summer cottage is in the Hassayampa Mountain Club. The family has owned it since the 1950s.
Conservation biologist Ty Fitzmorris will describe his unexpected findings during an ecological survey of the new Boyle/DeBusk Open Space Preserve.
Prescott Open Trails Coordinator Eric Smith, who helped facilitate the donation, will talk about the city's new partnership with CALT to oversee the preserve.
Also at Friday's annual meeting, Rep. Tom O'Halleran, R-Village of Oak Creek, will talk about a bill he sponsored to help Young's Farm in its effort to remain a farm forever.
CALT and the Trust for Public Land are partnering to raise enough money to buy the Young's Farm development rights.
Nabhan is widely recognized as a leader in ethnobiology and conservation biology. He has worked with more than a dozen indigenous communities on cross-cultural initiatives to protect plants, habitats and agricultural traditions.
A graduate of Prescott College, Nabhan also teaches Environmental Sciences, Applied Indigenous Studies and Liberal Studies at NAU. He is the recipient of the MacArthur Genius award, a Society of Conservation Biology lifetime achievement award, and the John Burroughs Medal for nature writing.
Nabhan has authored 15 books, and more than 100 articles that have appeared in Nature, Conservation Genetics, Ecological Applications, Audubon, American Anthropologist and The New York Times.
He is co-sponsor of the Flagstaff community farmers' market. He and his wife, Laurie Monti, raise Navajo-Churro sheep and native crops in the pygmy woodlands near Winona.