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Prescribed Fire is an Emergency

  • Every year over 600,000 Americans over 70 years old stop driving. 
  • In 1970, blue-collar jobs were 31.2% of total nonfarm employment. By 2016, their share had fallen to 13.6%. 
  • The number of days reaching "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" Level or Above on the Air Quality Index (Among 35 Major U.S. Cities for Ozone and PM2.5 Combined) is down 65% since 1999.

What does any of this have to do with prescribed fire implementation? Join us for an interactive webinar that explores how systems level trends impact the way we manage fire in unexpected ways. Hear why cutting trees in over stocked forests does far less than you might think to increase a community’s resilience to catastrophic fire; how the public framing of the “wildfire crisis” creates narratives that negatively impacts fire management; and how the unintended consequences of policy and demographics muzzle the most important ecological disturbance in almost 80% of America’s landscapes. The webinar will address both opinions and opportunities for re-creation of a restoration economy and fire’s New Deal.

Dave has spent 20 years in Fire Management. He has worked as a suppression firefighter with extensive experience in Colorado’s Front Range and it’s recent history of catastrophic fires. He has had a diverse career, from running Daylight Again Restoration Forestry, which used draft horses as the motive power source to serving on Type 2 and 3 Incident Management Teams. A qualified Burn Boss and Incident Commander, Dave now focuses on workforce development and social justice issues to increase the pace and scale of prescribed fire implementation.

This webinar is co-sponsored by the Southern Rockies Fire Science Network.

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