To provide an understanding of fire that will help citizens prepare for and cope, before, during and after a fire; to provide land management professionals, fire professionals and conservationists the information they need to make sound long term environmental decisions; to honor, embrace and support the experience of surviving a fire; and to impart upon agencies and individuals the tools they need to respond to emergency situations.
Understanding the nature of fire,
responding to the aftermath,
embracing the experience,
Fire energetically transforms matter. Many if not most terrestrial habitats have some sort of fire regime; an ideal or average fire interval and intensity which is an integral part of that habitat’s long-term ecological health. Many plants are adapted to fire; some propagate and germinate in response to fire. We cannot duplicate the effects of fire on the landscape by any other means, and therefore we strive to understand it, and seek a balanced relationship with it.
In the aftermath of a wild land fire, managers need to make important decisions about what actions should and should not take place in the burn areas. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, but there is a wealth of knowledge specific to most biomes that can help guide those decisions. When cherished landscapes burn, emotions run high and public sentiment can affect the management process, with both positive and negative environmental impacts. Public awareness and understanding of biological processes helps make the business of sound long term environmental management easier to implement.
Fire does not discriminate between rich or poor, good or bad, knowledgable or ignorant. The losses of life, of a life’s work, of one’s home, dreams, memories…these are losses that almost defy language and expression. This is the place to bring those stories, to share them, that in the sharing, healing can begin; healing for those who tell their stories, and healing for those who have not found the words yet. This is also where we will discuss emergency preparedness, on a personal and municipal level.
Imagine you're walking through a forest. I'm guessing you're thinking of a collection of trees, what we foresters call a stand, with their rugged stems and their beautiful crowns. Yes, trees are the foundation of forests, but a forest is much more than what you see, and today I want to change the way you think about forests.