SANTA FE–The Santa Fe National Forest is teaming up with a group of partners to host a free interactive workshop about living with fire in northern New Mexico 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov.16 in the Jemez Rooms of Santa Fe Community College.
Participants will learn about the ecology of forests and fire in northern New Mexico; current conditions in our forests and Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) communities; as well as how land managers apply science to reduce fire risk and create more resilient forests.
Community members and homeowners will gain valuable information on how to become more fire-adapted, and how forest restoration can protect watersheds and water supplies.
Local and regional scientists and land managers will deliver presentations followed by question and answer sessions. County Commissioner Kathy Holian will kick off the workshop. Those attending will also hear from experts, including Tom Swetnam, director of Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research from the University of Arizona, and Craig Allen, research ecologist for the US Geological Survey, to name only a few.
Breakout sessions will allow for open dialogue with participants and presenters. At the conclusion of the workshop, time will be allotted for one-on-one discussions with speakers and sponsors. Space is limited. RSVP at http://livingwithfire.eventbrite.com/
The workshop is sponsored and speakers are represented by the Southwest Jemez Mountains Restoration Collaborative (Forest Guild, New Mexico Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute, The Nature Conservancy-New Mexico, and WildEarth Guardians), Santa Fe National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico State Forestry Division, Valles Caldera National Preserve, University of Arizona, Santa Fe County, Santa Fe Community College, Southwest Fire Science Consortium, and U.S. Geological Survey.
For more information contact: Eytan Krasilovsky, Forest Guild at firstname.lastname@example.org or (505) 983-8992 ext. 16, or Phyllis Ashmead, Partnership Coordinator for the Southwest Jemez Mountains Restoration Project at: email@example.com or (505) 438-5431.