FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 5, 2017
Ada County Parks & Waterways, Director, Scott Koberg – ph. 208-577-4576
BLM, State Fire Mitigation & Trespass Specialist, Jennifer Myslivy – ph. 208-373-3963
Idaho Firewise, Executive Director, Ivy Dickinson – ph. 208-596-0340
Boise Fire Department, Wildfire Mitigation Coordinator, Captain Jerry McAdams – ph. 208-869-8107
Idaho Firewise, South Idaho Project Manager, Brett VanPaepeghem – ph. 208-401-6805
FACLN, FAC Network Coordinating Team, Michelle Medley-Daniel – ph. 530-722-7696
5th Annual Southwest Idaho Wildfire Mitigation Forum to be Hosted in Boise
WHAT: The Southwest Idaho Wildfire Mitigation Forum focuses on coordinating and sharing wildfire mitigation, education and prevention strategies
WHEN: Wednesday, May 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Park Education & Event Center, 4049 S. Eckert Rd., Boise, ID
WHO: Experts who work for, and with, the public in the area of wildland fire education and mitigation
On Wednesday, May 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. the 5th annual Southwest Idaho Wildfire Mitigation Forum will be hosted in Boise. This presentation is supported by Promoting Ecosystem Resilience and Fire Adapted Communities Together, a cooperative agreement between The Nature Conservancy, USDA Forest Service and agencies of the Department of the Interior through a subaward to the Watershed Research and Training Center; this institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Wildfire Mitigation Coordinator Captain Jerry McAdams states that “the Southwest Idaho Wildfire Mitigation Forum provides an opportunity for regional stakeholders in wildfire mitigation to meet, network and to share their latest efforts in wildfire mitigation. For homeowners, fire managers, non-profits, funding agencies, utility companies and other stakeholders, the forum is designed to encourage new cooperative partnerships and build efficiencies in area wildfire mitigation efforts.”
Attendees from past forums have included members and representatives from multiple fire departments, the Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, Idaho Department of Lands, Idaho Office of Emergency Management, Idaho Firewise, Idaho State Fire Marshal’s Office, County managers, local university professors, city planners, open space managers, conservation organizations, non-profit organizations, as well as residents and Firewise advocates that live in the wildland urban interface. Captain McAdams stated that “with the increased incidence and severity of wildfires that threaten lives and property in our area, the need to address mitigation efforts in a cooperative fashion with limited resources has become increasingly important.”
The forum is being hosted by Ada County Parks & Waterways, whose mission is to protect “…resources and natural habitats for the safe enjoyment of our residents and visitors.” The forum is financially sponsored by the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network (FACLN), which “…encourages the development and sharing of best practices and innovations in order to accelerate the adoption of fire adapted community concepts nationwide.” For more information on local fire adaptation, see www.adafireadapted.org
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Wildfire Field Representative, Gary Marshall, will be in attendance to provide an update on national Firewise efforts. The Firewise Communities/USA program teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take action to annually reduce their risk from wildland fire. Additionally, Kraig Stevenson, Senior Regional Manager, International Code Council (ICC) Government Relations, will be speaking on WUI code development and implementation.