On Wednesday, May 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. the Southwest Idaho Fire Adapted Communities Forum will be hosted in Boise at the Barber Park Education and Event center (4049 S. Eckert Rd.). The forum focuses on coordinating and sharing wildfire mitigation, education and prevention strategies. Experts who work for, and with, the public in the area of wildland fire education and mitigation will be in attendance.
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 sub award to the Watershed Research and Training Center; this institution is an equal opportunity provider.
“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”, says Wildfire Mitigation Specialist, Captain Jerry McAdams.
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 and students, city planners, open space managers, conservation organizations, non-profit organizations, as well as residents and Firewise advocates that live in the wildland urban interface. The Firewise 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.
The forum is being hosted by Ada County Parks & Waterways. The forum is financially sponsored by the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network (FACLN), for more information on local fire adaptation, see www.adafireadapted.org
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Firewise USA Program Manager, Cathy Purdhomme and NFPA, Wildfire Division Manager, Tom Welle will be in attendance to provide an update on national Firewise efforts.
Ada County Parks & Waterways, Director, Scott Koberg, 208-577-4576
Idaho Firewise, Executive Director, Ivy Dickinson, 208-596-0340
Boise Fire Department, Wildfire Mitigation Specialist, Captain Jerry McAdams, 208-869-8107
Idaho Firewise, South Idaho Project Manager, Brett VanPaepeghem, 208-401-6805
NFPA, Firewise USA Program Manager, Cathy Prudhomme, 303-453-9052
NFPA, Wildfire Division Manager, Tom Welle, 303-453-9052