Firelines: Midwestern Prairie Restoration | Newberry

Firelines: Midwestern Prairie Restoration

Jill Metcoff, Firelines

Jill Metcoff and Mike Mossman
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

6 pm Lecture

7 pm Book Signing

Ruggles Hall

Free and open to the public; free tickets required.
Open to the Public

Jill Metcoff and Mike Mossman will discuss their shared fascination with the Midwestern prairie and the use of intentional fires in maintaining the Midwestern landscape and ecosystem. Bringing together photography, conservation biology, ecology, and personal history, their interdisciplinary work celebrates the union of visual art and scientific method.

Jill Metcoff is an analogue, black-and-white photographer who has spent her career documenting land use, natural habitats, rural communities, and regional histories. Her latest book, Firelines, presents 89 stunning black and white photographs of intentional fire in the Midwestern landscape. As she presents her photographs, she will describe her 15 years embedded with controlled burn crews, and how that experience sustained her own stewardship of a six-acre prairie.

Mike Mossmann is a conservation biologist, ecologist, and historian. For the past 40 years, he has focused particularly on the Midwestern prairie, including the pre-European landscape, the social and economic factors influencing land use and management, and the wildlife—especially birds—associated with it. Since much of the Midwest is a fire-dependent landscape, his studies weave together the use of fire in this ecosystem.

This event is part of our programming related to our What Is the Midwest? project, funded by a major grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Cost and Registration Information 

Free and open to the public; free tickets required. Find tickets here beginning November 1.

Doors open half an hour before the program begins, with first-come, first-served seating for registered attendees. If seats remain available, walk-ins without tickets will be admitted about ten minutes before the program’s start. People with accessibility concerns can request to be seated first.

To reserve an access-friendly space in the room, first register using the link above, then email publicprograms@newberry.org at least 48 hours before the event. Seats arranged in this way will be held until 10 minutes before the event starts.