With funding from The City of Santa Fe Fire Department and the New Mexico Association of Counties, the Greater Santa Fe Fireshed Coalition is bringing you a stacked calendar of events in 2018! From public seminars and neighborhood chipper days, to interactive field trips, movie nights and requesting your very own field exchange, there is something for everyone!
This past winter was a sobering reminder of rising temperatures and increased incidence of drought. With the specter of longer and more intense fire seasons, it is urgent now more than ever to take concerted action to protect our forests, homes and watersheds. Scroll below to find out ways to get involved in 2018.
Fireshed Awareness Season: Spring Seminar Series
The Coalition is bringing back the Spring Seminar Series! Starting on April 4th the seminar will be held every other Wednesday at REI from 6-7:15 culminating in National Wildfire Community Preparedness day on Sat., May 5th. This year we will be addressing topics such as, NEPA demystified, wildfire smoke vs. prescribed fire smoke - what is the difference and how can I protect myself if I am sensitive to smoke?, and post-wildfire flooding. See details below.
April 4th | Speakers: Sandra Imler-Jacquez, USFS, and Alan Barton, New Mexico Forest & Watershed Restoration Institute, presented on Demystifying NEPA.
April 18th | Speakers: Josh Hall the Air & Water Quality Specialist for the US Forest Service will present on the difference between wildfire and prescribed fire smoke and their impacts, and Sam Berry from the Forest Stewards Guild will present an opportunity to rent a HEPA filter for free for people with smoke sensitivity.
May 2nd | Royce Fontenot, a Senior Service Hydrologist for NOAA/National Weather Service (NWS) will present on post-wildfire flooding, debris flow and flash flooding, and how to get the NWS warnings. Mannie Lopez with the U.S Geological Survey will present on post fire flooding in Santa fe Municipal watershed.
Schedule your own field exchange or mini seminar
This year, the Coalition is offering residents in the Greater Santa Fe Fireshed the opportunity to schedule your own field exchange or mini seminar for your community. If you and a group of your neighbors are interested in a specific topic related to the fireshed, we would be delighted to bring presenters to your community to help you learn more about what interests you!
Perhaps you are worried about mistletoe on trees in your neighborhood? We can bring an expert on forest disease to your next HOA meeting, neighborhood potluck, or community center to make a presentation. Maybe you have been talking to some of your neighbors about wildfire mitigation and you would like some resources about conducting home hazard and ignitability assessments? We can bring an expert to your neighborhood for a home hazard assessment demonstration and provide you with the materials needed to do one for yourself! All you need to set up your seminar or field exchange is 4 or more individuals who are interested in the topic and would like to participate in the exchange. If you are interested in setting somehting up, please fill in our contact form and we will get in touch with you.
Citizen Science: Using Instagram Photo Points for Landscape Documentation
Stay tuned! The Coalition is going to install interpretive placards at established Instagram photo points in the fireshed to engage citizens in a landscape documentation project using social media. Locations and hash tags will be announced in June 2018.
Field Trips into the Fireshed
Interactive field trips designed to engage residents in the fireshed will again take place in summer 2018. Field trips may include, a tour of ecosystems via the blue bus's Mountain Trail, an exploration of fire history through a guided run and mountain bike tour, a firescar scavenger hunt that you can do on your favorite hiking trails whenever you please! Finalized field trips will be announced in the Spring. Stay tuned!