SANTA FE ― The Greater Santa Fe Fireshed Coalition (GSFC) will host a Fire Fair open house 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 12, at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center to introduce the concept of a fireshed and what it means to residents of the Santa Fe area.
The GSFFC is a coalition of local, state and federal government agencies, non-governmental organizations and others who are working together to proactively restore fire-adapted forests, safeguard the Santa Fe Watershed and reduce fire risk in the wildland-urban interface (WUI), the area where development and vegetation merge in a wildfire-prone environment.
“The fire community in and around Santa Fe understands that we live and work in a fire-dependent ecosystem,” said Porfirio Chavarria, WUI Specialist with the Santa Fe Fire Department (SFFD). “The smartest way to manage the potential threat of wildfire and mitigate the risk is to work together to develop a cohesive strategy to address what we have identified as the Santa Fe Fireshed, the broader landscape as a whole.”
The Fire Fair, which will include prizes and light refreshments, will open with an introduction and overview from the SFFD and the Forest Stewards Guild at approximately 6 p.m. Attendees will be invited to visit informational booths to learn more about the history of fire in the region, fire ecology, climate change and forest restoration.
In addition to the SFFD and Forest Stewards Guild, coalition members include the New Mexico State Forestry Division, USDA Forest Service, US Geological Survey, Santa Fe County Fire Department, Santa Fe-Pojoaque Soil and Water Conservation District, Pueblo of Tesuque, Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute, Wildfire Network and The Nature Conservancy.