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Thursday, April 25, 2019

SW Idaho Fire Adapted Communities Forum - Monday, May 6th in Boise

Are you affected in some way or another by the threat of wildfire?  The Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Firewise and the Boise Fire Department would like to cordially invite you to participate in the annual Southwest Idaho Fire Adapted Communities Forum on Monday, May 6th at 8:30am at the Barber Park Education & Event Center in Boise.  Registration is $20 and includes lunch provided by Kanak Attack.  The Forum is an opportunity to network with other practitioners and stakeholders around the idea of building communities more resilient to the threat of wildfire, along with learning what has worked for others in regard to wildfire mitigation.  This year we will have two guest presenters, Tim Weaver from Rapid City Fire Department and Alison Green from Deschutes County, OR.  Please register at your earliest convenience, as seating is limited.  Please contact me with any questions.

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SPECIAL GUESTS

Tim Weaver – “Fire Resistance and Aesthetics – Combining Beautiful Building Materials and Large Scale Fire Adaptation”

Lieutenant Tim Weaver has been with the Rapid City Fire Department for 19 years, the last 9 spent in the Fire Marshal’s office.   Tim has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Sioux Falls and an extensive construction and building background to compliment his 19 years of experience in wildland fire operations and mitigation training.  Tim started Rapid City’s Survivable Space Initiative in 2011 which focuses on wildfire mitigation assistance and fire adapted education for landowners in Rapid City with the help of several grant programs.  He is paving the path for new wildfire safety standards in Rapid City’s primary WUI hazard areas, and helped create a local cost share program with buy in from city leaders.   Larger wildfire mitigation projects on tracks of land in and surrounding Rapid City are accomplished through the Initiatives Veteran Fuel Mitigation Crew with the help of the Bureau of Land Management.  This program provides a good wage and training to veterans transitioning from active duty while mitigating large wildfire threats to Rapid City neighborhoods.  He has worked closely with the South Dakota Wildland Fire Suppression Division to provide grant programs and education to landowners and local Volunteer Fire Departments alike, and has recently worked with local stake holders to develop the Black Hills Resilient Forest Strategy for the Black Hill National Forest and surrounding communities.

Alison Green

Alison Green was the former Executive Director of Project Wildfire in Deschutes County, Oregon.  She is now head of a multi-county collaborative focused on the three tenants of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy (1) effective firefighting response, (2) creating fire adapted communities, and (3) resilient landscapes.  She will be sharing information on how to collaborate to create fire adapted communities.