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Dr. Paul Hessburg

Forestry Scientist

Megafires: How Do You Want Your Smoke?

* Postponed

It is with regret that San Joaquin Valley Town Hall is postponing our final two lectures: Dr. Paul Hessberg, “How Do You Want Your Smoke” and Jane Pauley, “Sunday Morning on Wednesday.”

The San Joaquin Valley Town Hall Board has no choice but to postpone these lecture due to CDC instructions and the City of Fresno closing the Convention Center and Saroyan Theatre due to the COVID-19 virus. The closure will take effect immediately and continue through April 16, 2020.

The health and welfare of our audience is our primary concern, and the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus has made this decision imperative. We will be rescheduling both lecture once it is safe to do so. Your existing Dr. Paul Hessberg and Jane Pauley lecture tickets will be honored on the rescheduled dates.

Thank you for your understanding,

San Joaquin Valley Town Hall Board of Directors


Paul Hessburg, Ph.D is a research ecologist who has been studying historical and modern era forests for more than 30 years.  His work documents large changes in forest conditions and how these changes, along with climate change, have set the stage for large and severe wildfires.  Local wildfires that ravaged his favorite forests in 2014 and 2015 served as the impetus for Dr. Hessburg to make his findings more accessible to the public.   Dr. Hessburg contends that “the current megafire issue is a social problem with an ecological explanation. To tackle it, we need to understand how we got here, what’s at stake, and what each of us can do.”   His work with the Forest Service at the Pacific Northwest Research Station earned him the Forest Service’s Distinguished Scientist Award in 2017. Dr. Hessburg is also an Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington, Seattle.


Special Event

Please join us for our annual special evening event, featuring Salman Khan: One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined. (Date Pending) William Saroyan Theater. Lecture at 7:30pm. VIP reception beginning at 5:30 p.m.

We present the annual Town Hall Special Event in the spirit of thanks to our generous community donors and sponsors.

Evening event seats are reserved and must be purchased exclusively through Ticket Master; please make ticket orders through the Ticketmaster link on our website (Ticketmaster fees apply). No additional fees will be charged if purchased in person at the Fresno Convention Center Box Office: 700 ”M“ Street, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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