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Matt Barnes

Matt Barnes

PO Box 924 Dolores, CO 81323

PO Box 924
CO 81323
  • Community Wildfire Protection Plans
  • Cultural burning
  • Evacuation outreach
  • Evacuation planning
  • Firewise Communities / Defensible space
  • Forest/ecosystem management
  • Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire
  • Wildfire risk assessment
Existing Member Affiliations:
Non-Member Affiliations:
  • Dolores Fire Protection District
  • Shining Horizons Land Management
  • Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative
  • Society for Range Management
  • Quivira Coalition
  • Montezuma County Search and Rescue
  • Colorado Emergency Management Association

My work revolves around resilience, in the overlap between natural resources and emergency management. I’m an applied ecologist and conservationist, as well as a search and rescue technician. I work with landowners and managers to improve land stewardship, including defensible space, and also to coexist with large carnivores that are potential predators. I am owner of Shining Horizons Land Management and a research associate with the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative. I was a prescribed fire and fuels manager, and fire effects monitor, for the Bureau of Indian Affairs Branch of Forestry and Wildland Fire Management in northwestern Arizona. As a scientist I edited the recent special issue of Rangelands that re-examined grazing management in the context of complex creative systems. I also ran a holistically managed ranch in western Colorado, served as President of the Colorado Section Society for Range Management, and served as a rangeland management specialist and bear technician for several government agencies. I hold an MS in Range Science from Utah State University and a BS in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Arizona. I joined a volunteer fire department when I was 16.