Bluewater Stewardship Project featured in the Forestry Source

The Zuni Mountain Collaborative was excited to lead a field tour of the Bluewater Stewardship Project during the recent Society of American Foresters (SAF) conference that happened in Albuquerque in November 2017.  SAF followed the tour with an article in their monthly newspaper, the Forestry Source. We're happy to share the successes of the project with visitors from across the nation and honored to be included by SAF. Thanks to all of our partners and supporters that have gotten us to this point.

Click the image below to view a PDF of the article.

View the full issue here.

False Hope and the Four Mile Canyon Fire

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Here is a great blog post on the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network website about lessons learned from the 2010 Four Mile Canyon fire near Boulder, CO. The author, Dave Lasky of Gravitas Peak Wildland Fire Module, personally treated 600 acres of forest within the burn scar prior to the burn. The blog post highlights the importance of following up mechanical treatments with prescribed fire to reduce surface fuels. The post also discusses how home construction, weather, and other factors often play a much larger role than vegetation in determining fire behavior and fire impacts to communities. 

Access the article here

Indonesian Foresters Visit the Zuni Mountains!

Bagus Herudojo Tjiptono, Director of Protection Forest Management Unit Ministry of Environment and Forestry.

Bagus Herudojo Tjiptono, Director of Protection Forest Management Unit Ministry of Environment and Forestry.

Foresters from Indonesia recently visited the Zuni Mountains to learn how the Cibola National Forest is restoring resilience to forests in the Zuni Mountains. The visit was part of an ongoing partnership between the Cibola National Forest, the International Programs of the U.S. Forest Service, and the Indonesian Government. 

The visit to the Zuni Mountains included presentations from Cibola NF staff and partners about fire management, collaboration, and the organizational structure of varying levels Forest Service personnel. Our Indonesian visitors are looking to apply the lessons learned on their visit to forest management in their home country.

The learning exchange continues as Cibola National Forest Supervisor Elaine Kohrman, Matt Rau, Cibola National Forest Fire Staff Officer, and Jim Gumm, El Rito District Ranger are currently visiting Indonesia.

 

Jim Gumm, Matt Rau, and Elaine Kohrman share a draft map of proposed work in the Mt. Taylor Ranger District

Jim Gumm, Matt Rau, and Elaine Kohrman share a draft map of proposed work in the Mt. Taylor Ranger District

Partner recognition in National Cohesive Strategy Blog

The National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy blog for the Western Region recently shared an article written by Zuni Mountains Collaborative partner Talking Talons Youth Leadership (TTYL).  The article "Teaching Fire with Fire," was initially featured in fireadaptednetwork.org and shared the success of TTYL's outreach efforts to middle schools in the Zuni Mountain Landscape.

 Always nice to see the great work ZMC partners are doing getting national recognition! Read the article here

 

Teaching Fire with Fire: A unique approach to community outreach

Talking Talons Youth Leadership, is doing some great work to educate elementary and middle school students about forest restoration and the role of fire in the Zuni Mountains. Read about their ongoing youth outreach program on the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network website https://fireadaptednetwork.org/teaching-fire-fire-unique-approach-community-outreach/