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Fire Adapted New Mexico

2019 Galisteo Street, Ste. N Santa Fe, NM 87505

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2019 Galisteo Street, Ste. N
Santa Fe
NM 87505
Interests:
  • Communications/outreach
  • Firewise Communities / Defensible space
  • Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire
  • Watershed protection/management
  • Wildfire risk assessment

The overarching goal of the New Mexico FAC Learning Network is to create fire adapted communities– communities that acknowledge and take responsibility for their wildfire risk, and take actions to protect residents, homes, neighborhoods, businesses, infrastructure, forests and open spaces. Specifically, our vision is to have:
-homeowners build the concept of defensible space into their decisions
-communities integrate wildland fire into land-use planning and infrastructure decisions
-civic institutions collaborate to be prepared for wildfire
-architects, planners, landscapers and developers integrate realities of fire risk into their work flow
-Communities support land managers in their efforts to restore fire-adapted ecosystems with community support.

This is a long term goal that will take years of work and numerous partners. A key support to reach this lofty goal is the national FAC Learning Network. We need new ideas, innovations and best practices from wherever they emerge in the country and to adapt them to our local environment. By the same token, we feel responsibility to share the lessons we learn to help others become more fire adapted.

Cottonwood Gulch Prescribed Fire

Forest Stewards Guild convened a controlled broadcast burn in McKinley County on private land with Cottonwood Gulch Foundation, the Pratt Ranch, the Nature Conservancy and others. Despite the odds against a project such as this, the burn went off smoothly.

2015 Community Wildfire protection Plan (CWPP) Update Guidelines

Forest Stewards Guild took the lead in developing a guideline document for updating New Mexico Community Wildfire Protection Plans, which has since been approved by the New Mexico State Forestry Department and will prove invaluable for every county in the state facing a CWPP update.

Apache Springs Prescribed Fire

Forest Stewards Guild has partnered with the City of Santa Fe Fire Department, the Nature Conservancy, and others on the Aztec Springs pile burn. This is an important part of the Fire Department's mission to protect lives and property by strategically reducing hazardous fuels.