26 OCTOBER 2017
  TIME: 11:30AM - 1:30PM
  MEETING PLACE: University Club
Alumni Room
1332 Santa Barbara Street
Santa Barbara, California
  SPEAKER: Club Member, Bill Black
Topic: Cannabis - How It's both a Medicine and a Recreational Drug.
  Please bring a plant for the plant exchange!
(But no Cannabis, please)


  None this month.


President, Exploring Solutions Past ~
The Maya Forest Alliance
Director, ISBER/MesoAmerican Research Center, UCSB

TOPIC: Mapping trees at El Pilar: The Maya Forest as a Garden.

Dr. Ford provided us with an update on the BRASS/El Pilar Program, which has explored the ancient Maya city at El Pilar, on what is now the border of Belize and Guatemala. El Pilar is a model of synergy between nature and culture and is where Ford's focus on cultural ecology- the multifaceted relationships of humans and their environment—is being applied to benefit of contemporary populations. The co-evolution of human societies and the environment bring particular relevance to the study of Maya prehistory. The dense forest surrounding the monuments and house sites at El Pilar reveals the native Maya’s keen awareness of ecological complexities involving animals, plants, and people. Today, illegal looting and logging, the advancing of industrial agricultural clearing, and the expansion of tourism and industry are threatening to overwhelm this cultural and natural resource. At the ancient Maya site of El Pilar, they are breaking with tradition by pioneering a conservation model that draws on lessons learned from the past.

Map of Guatamala and Belize

The Maya sustainable practices that demonstrate the mutual benefits of culture and nature are unknown to the world. Collaborative research on the culture and nature of the Maya forest promises to open new paths to knowledge and understanding that will create a conservation model for the future of our civilization.

Welcome sign to El Pilar

Imagine stepping back in time to see how the ancient Maya cultivated a sustainable agricultural society. Stroll through their abundant gardens and see where and how they lived. This is the promise of El Pilar – where archeologist Anabel Ford is restoring not just another stone monument, but an entire living environment. An environment that will create a new kind of eco-tourism –– based on the traditional and sustainable practice of forest gardening.

Dr. Forn at El Pilar

For more information, visit the MesoAmerican Research Center website.

Submitted by
Ray Kolbe


With heartfelt sadness, we mourn the passing of Bill Isbell. As former editor of the Compost. Dr. Isbell was instrumental in bringing the newsletter up to date in style and content. As a researcher, he was author of over 150 publications, and internationally renowned for his work in shock wave physics. His book "Shock Waves: Measuring the Dynamic Response of Materials" which was published in 2005, describes what amounts to a single, career-long program to elucidate the effects of shock waves on materials.

William Isbell Services will be held at
Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels - Downtown
15 E. Sola St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 965-5145
from 9:00am to 12:00m, Monday, October 16th,
followed by internment at Calvary Cemetary at 1:00pm.

FlowersIn lieu of flowers, donations to the Santa Barbara High School Marching Band would be appreciated.

Submitted by
Ray Kolbe