Glenn Harris will present "The Events of July 4 and 5" at the Maturango Museum, 100 E. Las Flores, on Thursday at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. In the program, Harris will present information on the geologic setting for the Indian Wells Valley, what the geology was doing before the earthquakes, information on the quake, what it did geologically and the future possibilities. The program will be illustrated with maps, photographs drawings, charts and models. The presentation will include a working seismograph. There will be a question and answer period after the formal presentation.
Harris is a fifth-generation Californian. He graduated from Humboldt State College (now University) with a Bachelor's Degree in Rangeland Management, a degree minor in Geology and has completed extensive graduate work in Wildland Hydrology.
He started work for the Bureau of Land Management in 1974 as a Desert Ranger and Range Conservationist working in the eastern Kern County area. In 1989, he was reclassified as a Natural Resources Specialist. He worked for nearly 24 years in that position as the BLM expert in Range Management, Soils, Water Resources, Hydrology, Air Quality, Botany, and fire management.
He served on the Indian Wells Valley Cooperative Groundwater Management Group and chaired the technical advisory committee. He has received numerous awards for his work including the Department of the Interior's Distinguished Service Award. He retired from the BLM in 2013 with nearly 39 years of federal service and continues to live in the valley.
He serves as a volunteer with the BLM and a docent with the Maturango Museum. With the museum, he takes environmental education into the classroom and to public groups giving talks on Geology, earthquakes, volcanoes and insects.