Wildfire Network promotes firefighter safety, vocational job and business creation, and youth education in pursuit of community wildfire resiliency. We guide wildland and prescribed fire training in a focused and safety minded manner, train and mentor youth in forest health, wildfire mitigation and safe firefighting techniques, educate K-12 students on natural fire processes within their environment and aid communities in obtaining needed assistance with wildfire risk reduction and property stewardship.
Youth crew development
Wildfire Network is partnering with Santa Fe Youthworks, a non-profit that creates opportunities for disconnected youth and families in Northern New Mexico to become engaged and valued members of their communities, Ecotone, an ecological assessment, planning, monitoring, and education service, and Arid Lands Innovation LLC, to provide hands-on training on projects in wildfire mitigation and land management.
Youth worked with Ecotone building erosion control structures on slopes last fall, and worked with Arid Land Innovations LLC to create pre-treatment monitoring plots on Santa Fe Institute's Tesuque Campus property.
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Verde Community Impact Collaborative
The Verde Community Impact Collaborative includes YouthWorks, the Food Depot, Reunity Resources, MoGro, ProScape, Wildfire Network, Interfaith Leadership Alliance, Dashing Delivery, All Trees Firewood, the Santa Fe Community College and SFPS Adelante Program for Children, Youth and Families Experiencing Homelessness, and the Santa Fe Public Schools District.
The Collaborative will receive $200,000, and partners will contribute an additional $300,000 in-kind, to meet specific goals on the climate and poverty issues that formulate the Verde Fund Mission: food security and greenhouse gas production, home energy efficiency, wildfire mitigation, biofuel reduction and recycling, youth homelessness, job creation and career training.
The Verde Community Impact Collaborative project will:
Create new jobs and train 40 young people in sustainability careers like weatherization, healthy food production, biofuel reduction, forest management and greenhouse management,
Deliver 750 meals per day featuring local produce to 12 Homework Diner sites
Provide 50 boxes of fresh produce to 4 distribution sites that work with families in need,
Reduce the risk of catastrophic fire on 75 acres of the Santa Fe wildland-urban interface,
Design a permanent housing pilot with local families to get 4 young people off the street,
Reduce CO2 emission by 36 tons per year through wildfire mitigation, biomass recycling and energy efficiency/weatherization efforts, and
Save low-income families hard-earned dollars on utility bills through energy efficiency/home weatherization.
Melynn Schuyler of YouthWorks said, “We’ve set big goals for our community-wide impact project. This collaborative group is ready for the challenge to cause positive change in assisting our community. Our partnership will connect local young people to the economy that they have been traditionally denied entry to, while helping our most vulnerable families address hunger, save money, build resiliency and prepare Santa Fe for the impact that climate change will have on all of us. We’re proud and motivated to work collectively to leverage our strengths through partnership for the benefit of Santa Fe’s families and children and set a high standard in the Verde Fund’s inaugural year.”
NMAC (New Mexico Association of Counties) East Mountains Wildfire Fuels Reduction and Education
Wildfire Network will present a cost-share thinning program for landowners within the project area, an approximately 9,500 acre area of private lands bordering BLM and NM State Land Office to the north and USFS and NM State Land Office lands to the west. Our focus within this area is the Paa’ Ko subdivision, however, we plan on encouraging residents on La Madera Rd, and San Pedro Creek Estates to participate. According to the East Mountain CWPP, this area consists of Extreme, High and Moderate hazard areas with recommendations of thinning and public education to address wildfire risk.
The goal of this fuels reduction proposal is to treat approximately 40-60 acres of private land, with a priority of contiguous parcels within the higher rated areas to reduce the risk of catastrophic fire and its threat to public and firefighter safety, and reduce losses to private property and bordering public lands. Fires starting within northeastern areas of this proposal pose a significant threat to BLM and NM State Land Office lands, while the USFS and NM State Land office lands to the west pose high risk to the communities within the project area. Per acre costs will vary with terrain and vegetation stocking between $800 and $1200 per acre.
Biomass generated from this project will be either utilized on-site for erosion control purposes, used for fuelwood by the property owner, or provided to community members in need by the La Madera Volunteer Fire Dept. Slash will be utilized for erosion control or hauled off site to a compost facility.
Wildfire Network is currently working with a small crew of at risk youth from Santa Fe Youthworks, and these youth will work on some of the mitigation projects at a reduced rate as trainees with the property owner’s permission and under supervision. Project partners will spend short periods of time on-site explaining various aspects of the project to the youth to give them perspectives from each of their respective fields.