I wear three “fire-related” hats in my north Park County, Colorado, community. I am the President of the Woodside Park HOA for Units 2, 3 and 4; I am a member of the Woodside Park Firewise Committee; and I am the secretary/treasurer and one of the founders of the North Park County Fire Safe Council. Individual FACO member John Van Doren is the Fire Safe Council President. My work with all three organizations is focused heavily on helping my immediate community and surrounding areas, all located in the WUI, become more aware of the dangers inherent in living in the WUI and take actions that bolster our ability as individual homeowners and in a broader community sense to improve our defensibility and resilience in the face of the threat of wildfire.
The North Park County Fire Safe Council was founded by a core group of three HOAs in coordination with the Platte Canyon Fire Protection District. The focus in our first year has been on education and outreach to other communities in north Park County to encourage them to take steps to become Firewise; encouraging individual homeowners to request defensible space assessments of their properties; and seeking mitigation grant funds for several broad scale projects that we have identified as critical to improvement of community resistance to wildfire.
I am a retired attorney licensed in Colorado. As a trial lawyer I had 30 years of experience handling complex litigation, which gave me solid skills in project management. Since I retired I have spent a lot of volunteer time on behalf of the HOA of a WUI community in Grand County, Colorado where I lived before I moved to Park County, specifically focused on pursuing grant opportunities and managing the multiple CSFS WUI and Forest Restoration grants that we were awarded. I am focusing now on pursuing grant opportunities for the Woodside HOA and Firewise Committee and the North Park County Fire Safe Council.