Find out more about the butterflies and birds, wildflowers, rocks and geology on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) on a nature walk with Forest Service staff and volunteer experts on Sunday, Sept. 17.
Join the Forest Stewards Guild on a guided mountain bike and running tour through a section of the fireshed. The two groups, mountain bike and running, will meet up at the Bear Wallow trail head at 5:45pm and will leave the parking lot promptly at 6pm. Several stops will highlight the area's fire history.
Mountain bike tour:
Leader: Eytan Krasilovsky
bring your bike, helmet and water. Moderate difficulty, some uphill on the lower Windsor trail required. No one left behind. Several stops at points of interest will highlight the area's fire history.
Leader: Matt Piccarello
Bring running attire and water. 4 mile loop. No one left behind. Several stops at points of interest will highlight the area's fire history.
Join Krys Nystrom of the Wildfire Network, Jan-Willem Jansens of Ecotone Landscape Planning, and Zander Evans of the Forest Stewards Guild for a wildfire home hazard risk assessment training and tour of a woodland restoration project in the Wildland Urban Interface.
The training will take place at a private residence and to limit parking issues we will be meeting at 9:45am the Atalaya Lower Trailhead parking lot off of Camino de Cruz Blanca in the St. John's College parking lot (see map below).
Join us this Wednesday evening at REI in Santa Fe to learn about controlled burns and smoke management.
What do you mean "controlled burn"? Fire as a restoration tool & smoke management
Understand the role of fire in the ecosystem. Learn how controlled/ prescribed fire is implemented and find out how smoke is managed and mitigated during a controlled burn. Discuss with your peers and fire professionals the how and why behind controlled burns.
5:30 - 5:45 Opening remarks, what is the Greater Santa Fe Fireshed?
5:45 - 6:30 Dennis Carril, Fire ecology/ Fuels, Santa Fe National Forest USFS
- Why prescribed fire – the role of fire in the forest ecosystem
- How is prescribed fire implemented?
- Smoke Management
6:30 - 7:00 Discussion, Q&A & Announcements
Join us for a field trip into the Fireshed!
Visit the site of recent pile burns near the city municipal watershed. Field trip led by the City of Santa Fe Fire Dept. Hiking required. Bring water and a jacket.
TIME: 9-12 MEETING PLACE: You will receive an email when you RSVP with this information.
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - Saturday, April 01, 2017
Albuquerque Sheraton - Airport
2910 Yale Blvd.SE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106
Map and Directions
The Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Summit is a statewide conference that is organized by representatives from state and federal agencies and local non-profits. The WUI Summit is an opportunity for local leaders, emergency responders, businesses, and citizens to learn from each other and stay informed on current science and practices in mitigating risk of wildfires in the wildland urban interface.
The 2017 WUI Summit will be in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the Sheraton Airport Hotel. This year, the conference will have three concurrent tracks that focus on the technical, "How does it work?", collaboration, "Who can I work with?", and action, "What can I do?". There will also be two field trips: One will visit the northern bosque in Corrales and Rio Rancho, and the other will visit East Mountains. Saturday is a free family-friendly half day where the general public can learn and engage.
Every other Wednesday starting on March 14th - April 26th there will be an evening seminar held from 5:30 - 7 at REI in Santa Fe that focuses on topics affecting our fireshed. Speakers will address issues such as, the impacts a wildfire would have on economy, culture and tourism; what does it mean to restore a forest; the role of fire in the forest ecosystem; smoke management; programs available that will help you reduce your risk from wildfire, and much more. There will be time for discussion, questions and community announcements after each seminar.
Contact: Greg Gallegos, 505-231-3163, firstname.lastname@example.org; Porfirio Chavarria, 505-660-3732, email@example.com
Santa Fe, NM – The City of Santa Fe Fire Department and The Forest Stewards Guild are convening a prescribed pile burn on city land near the municipal watershed in January 2017 weather dependent. The burn will be contingent on wind, relative humidity, temperature, and expected weather patterns. This work is part of the Fire Department’s mission to reduce risk to lives and property from wildfire. It is also part of The Nature Conservancy’s Fire Learning Network (http://goo.gl/cJwjBh) and the Fire Adapted Community Learning Network (https://fireadaptednetwork.org/) and is within the larger Greater Santa Fe Fireshed, designed to promote fire adapted communities and reduce wildfire risk. Pile burning is often part of reducing hazardous fuels and is needed to reduce the heat, intensity, and spread of a future potential wildfire.
Firefighter and community safety is the top priority for the burn. The burn will use experienced and qualified firefighters. The team will follow an approved burn plan, comply with New Mexico Air Quality Bureau smoke management guidelines, and have wildland firefighting equipment on-site. Smoke will be visible and may settle into surrounding area at night but should disperse the following day. The team will work to minimize smoke impacts to communities by visually monitoring smoke.
“The Fire Department works with homeowners, neighborhoods, and many partners to reduce risk to the residents of Santa Fe.” noted Fire Department Wildland Superintendent Greg Gallegos. “We are working here because it is important for the landowners, the community, and the health of our watershed that we safely reduce these hazardous fuels.”
The Greater Santa Fe Fireshed is a 107,000 acre designated area critical to the wellbeing of Santa Fe and surrounding communities. A Coalition comprised of organizations and individuals are working to improve the ecological condition and resilience. To learn more, visit: http://www.santafefireshed.org/
Landowners interested in learning more about the Fire Adapted Communities can visit www.fireadaptednm.org, a website designed by the Forest Stewards Guild and Fire Service Support LLC for the New Mexico Hub of the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network.
During the burn period, information regarding the project can be obtained by calling 505-231-3163 or visiting http://www.santafefireshed.org/events/ .
Public Meeting Announcement: A cost-share program to create more defensible space in Santa Fe County
The Forest Stewards Guild is seeking applications from landowners for
a cost-share program to create more defensible space in Santa Fe County. Thanks to a grant from the New Mexico Association of Counties, Landowners are only responsible for a portion of the cost of reducing their homes wildfire risk. Join your neighbors for a public meeting on November 8th, from 6:00 - 7:30pm at REI Santa Fe to learn more about this unique opportunity.