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Ashley DowningAshley Downing, Wildfire Adapted Partnership
 Lauren DupeyLauren Dupéy, Ph.D. Candidate, USU

Wildfire Adapted Partnership: Enabling Wildfire Mitigation in SW Colorado & Investigating How the 416 Fire Influenced Behaviors of Residents

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 | 12 pm (MDT)
 1 CEU from Society of American Foresters, OR 1 CEU from International Society of Arboriculture is available, OR you may receive a letter of certification to submit to whatever organization you would like. You must enter your CEU preference on the Zoom Registration page for the webinar.

Co-sponsored by Wildfire Adapted Partnership, Colorado Natural Hazards Center, Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism at USU

Wildfire Adapted Partnership is a nonprofit organization that seeks to protect lives and property from wildfire by inspiring, educating and enabling individuals and communities in southwest Colorado. In this presentation, participants will learn about WAP’s education and incentive programs for residents including its unique Neighborhood Ambassador program that utilizes volunteers as sparkplugs in their communities in order to accomplish more wildfire preparedness. We will also take a look at how this approach proved beneficial during the 416 Fire that burned north of Durango last summer.

We (Lauren) surveyed residents of La Plata county living in the evacuation and pre-evacuation zones during the 416 fire. We asked residents to identify their thoughts on the likeliness that a fire could occur both before and after the 416 fire, as well as identify mitigation actions that were taken before and after. I will build on the WAP presentation and provide results that illustrate how the 416 fire shaped resident perceptions of future wildfires and their intentions to mitigate risk on their property.

Ashley Downing is the Executive Director of Wildfire Adapted Partnership, a nonprofit organization located in Durango that focuses on wildfire education and risk mitigation in the five southwest counties of Colorado. Ashley is also on the Board of Directors of Fire Adapted Colorado, a statewide network that serves individuals and organizations that are committed to reducing the negative impacts of wildfires in the state. Ashley holds a BS in Journalism with a minor in French from the University of Colorado, Boulder and an MA in Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey in California.

Lauren Dupéy is a PhD Candidate at Utah State University studying the human dimensions of wildfire in the Intermountain West. Lauren has studied wildfire preparedness and mitigation in Utah and Colorado as well as conducted an integrative review of the current methodology used in the human dimensions of wildfire literature. Her research interests include wildfire mitigation and how various thought processes and environmental factors influence the way individuals who live in fire prone areas choose to mitigate their risks. Lauren holds a B.S. in Psychology from Michigan Technological University, a M.S. from North Carolina State University, and is expecting to complete her Ph.D. at Utah State University in the fall of 2019. 

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Archived Webinars

Jan: Trees: A Risk Worth Taking (most of the time); Meridith McAvoy Perkins, Urban Forester, Missouri Regional Manager, Davey Resource Group

Feb: The Salt Dilemma: Growing Better Urban Trees in Northern Climates; Jim Urban, Andrew Millward, Adam Nicklin (SLIDES)

Mar: Prescribed Fire is an Emergency; Dave Lasky, Director of Fire Management, Forest Stewards Guild (SLIDES)

Apr: Canker Diseases on Landscape Hardwood Trees in the Western U.S., Marion Murray, Integrated Pest Management Project Leader, Utah State University (SLIDES)

May: Native Mycorrhizal Fungi and Whitebark Pine Restoration, Dr. Cathy Cripps, Mycologist & Professor, Montana State University (SLIDES)

June: Remediating Compacted Soils Compromised by Urban Construction, Dr. Nina Bassuk, Professor & Program Leader, Urban Horticulture Institute, Cornell University (SLIDES)

June: Dealing with the Triple Threat Invasion: Cheatgrass, Medusahead, & Ventenata, For full speaker line-up, click here

July: Spotted Lanternfly, Dr. Lori Spears, CAPS Program Coordinator, Utah State University

July: Wildfire Adapted Partnership: Enabling Wildfire Mitigation in SW Colorado & Investigating How the 416 Fire Influenced Behaviors of Residents, Ashley Downing, Wildfire Adapted Partnership & Lauren Dupéy, PhD Candidate at Utah State University  

Jan: Green Stormwater Infrastructure Use to Control Combined Sewer Overflows, John Phillips, King County Wastewater Treatment Division, WA

Feb: The Role of Insects and Diseases in Aspen Biology, John Guyon, Forest Pathologist, USFS

Mar: White Satin Moth in the Lake Tahoe Basin, Current Conditions, Gene Phillips, Forest Health Specialist, Nevada Division of Forestry, White Satin Moth: picture 1, 2, 3 

Apr: A History and Future of White Pine Blister Rust in North America, (download slides), Katie McKeever, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

May: Invasive Insects of Shade Trees: A 30 Year Perspective from Colorado, Dr. Whitney Cranshaw, Professor, Extension Specialist of Entomology, Colorado State University

May (bonus): Part 1: Identifying, Assessing, and Managing Hazard Trees, Part 2: Hazard Tree Survey Methods, (download slides), John Guyon, Forest Pathologist, U.S. Forest Service. Companion document for talk:

May (bonus): Targeting the Triple Threat: Cheatgrass, Medusahead, and Ventenata. Part 1. Part 2.

June: Balsam Woolly Adelgid: the Smallest and Biggest Reason to Reconsider Subalpine Fir, Fred Hain, NC State University, Steve Cook, University of Idaho

July: Tree Q & A with Forestry Extension Specialist, Dr. Mike Kuhns, Utah State University

Aug: Post-fire conifer regeneration in ponderosa pine forests of the southern Rocky Mountains, USA, Marin Chambers, Colorado Forest Restoration Institute

Sept: Seattle's Approach to Street Trees and Sidewalks, Darren Morgan, Urban Forestry Manager, Seattle, WA

Oct: Forest Management Affects How Beetle Outbreaks & Wildfire Alter Ecosystems: Lessons from N. Colorado and the Fraser Experimental Forest, Chuck Rhoades, U.S. Research Biogeochemist

Nov. 13 - Special Gambel Oak Management Webinar (multiple speakers) PART 1 | PART 2

Nov. 27 - Prescribed fire policy barriers: Findings from a Joint Fire Science Partnership Project on challenges and strategies on federal lands across the West, (download slides) Courtney Schultz, Heidi Huber-Stearns

Nov. 28 -The Emerald ash borer: Strategies for conserving ash in the urban forest, (download slides), Dan Herms, The Davey Tree Company

Dec. 13 - Reducing tree (and soil!) damage during construction, (download slides), Dr. Nina Bassuk, Professor & Program Leader, Urban Horticulture Institute, Cornell University

Jan: Searching for Goldilocks Balancing Forest Ecosystem Restoration and Old-Forest Species Conservation in the Sierra Nevada, CA, Gavin M. Jones, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Feb: Developing verbenone as a semiochemical tool to suppress mountain pine beetle, Rob Progar, Chris Fettig, Steve Munson

Mar: Avoiding and Remedying Abiotic Injury of Trees, Marion Murray, IPM Project Leader, Utah State University

Apr: Planting Healthy Air: How Trees Can Make Cities More Livable, Rob McDonald, The Nature Conservancy

May: Managing Trees During Drought Conditions, (slides) Dr. Heidi Kratsch, University of Nevada, Reno

Jun: Soil Profile Rebuilding: Rehabilitating Compacted Soils, (slides) Dr. Susan S. Day, Associate Professor of Urban Forestry, Virginia Tech

Jul: Low-tech Flame Carbonizers for Biochar Production: Theory and Applications, (slides) Kelpie Wilson, Wilson Biochar Associates

Aug: Bark Beetle Outbreaks in Western North America: Causes, Control and Consequences, Dr. Jodi Axelson, Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist, UC Berkeley

Sep: Landfire - All Lands Data from Vegetation to Fuels: Planning, Engagement and Feedback, Henry Bastian, LANDFIRE Business Lead, The Nature Conservancy

Nov: Drought Tolerance in Trees - Improving Tree Selection for Challenging Urban Sites, Dr. Andrew Hirons, Myerscough College, U.K.

Dec: Selection and Propagation of Native Woody Plants for the Intermountain Area, Dr. Larry Rupp, Utah State University

Jan: Adapting to Climate Change in Western National Forests, David Peterson, U.S. Forest Service, Jessica Halofsky, University of WA, U.S. Forest Service, Natalie Little, U.S. Forest Service Intermountain Regional Sustainability and Climate Change Coordinator

Feb: Country Mouse, City Mouse: Fruit Gleaning Programs for Large and Small Communities, Jason Barto, Wasatch Back Trees, Shawn Peterson, The Green Urban Lunch Box

Mar: Options for Reducing Wood Smoke, Joel Karmazyn, Environmental Scientist, Utah Division of Air Quality, John Ackerly, Alliance for Green Heat

Apr: Part 1: Investigating Maple Dieback and Decline in Michigan; Part 2: Evolving Paradigms of Aspen Ecology, Tara Bal, Research Assistant Professor, Michigan Technological University, Kevin Krasnow, Research Faculty, Teton Science School

May: An approach to pruning you won't forget, Dr. Ed Gilman, Professor, University of Florida

Jun: Fires and beetles and droughts, oh my: Recent status and trends from the national Forest Health Monitoring Program AND Tree sleuths, finding out why forest trees were dying in Vermont?

Jul: Climate variability and fire effects on quaking aspen in the central Rocky Mountains, USA, Dr. Vachel Carter, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

Aug: Climate, wildfire, and erosion ensemble foretells more sediment in western USA watersheds, Dr. Joel Sankey

Sep: From Pixels to Landscapes, Leveraging LANDFIRE for Land Management, Randy Swaty, The Nature Conservancy

Oct: Cross-laminated timber, what's all the fuss?, Darren McAvoy, Jerry Goodspeed, Euclid Timber, Method Studios

Nov: Soil Compaction and Urban Trees: Strategies for Gaining Ground, Dr. Bryant Scharenbroch, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point

Jan: Herbivory in Aspen Forests: Ecological Context and Mechanisms of Defense, Dr. Richard Lindroth, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Sam St. Clair, Brigham Young University

Feb: Elms Are Back! Dr. Bruce R. Fraedrich, Vice President of Research at Bartlett Tree Experts

Mar: Bird Friendly Tree and Shrub Pruning and Removal, Janice H. Gardner, Great Salt Lake Audubon Volunteer, Biologist, Ecology and Environment Inc., Melissa Burns, Bird Coordinator, USFWS

Apr: Emerald Cash Borer: It Will Cost You Money - Ways to Manage the Ash Cash Flow, Dr. Richard Hauer, Professor of Urban Forestry, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Randall Miller, Director of Vegetation Management, PacifiCorp

May: i-Tree Version 6 Preview: Applications and Strategies for Utah Communities, Al Zelaya, Davy Tree

Jun: Mapping Human or Natural Disturbance Effects on Coniferous Forest Canopies Using Field Plot and Lidar Data, Dr. Andrew Hudak, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Benjamin Bright, Rocky Mountain Research Station

Jul: Biochar and Applications for Restoration in the Uinta Basin, Utah, Chris Peltz, Research Services LLC, Darren McAvoy, USU Forestry Extension Associate

Aug: Ogden's Green Street: Making Connections, Monte Stewart, Ogden City Urban Forester

Sep: Strategies for Successful Urban Tree Growth in Wet and Dry Sites, Dr. Hallie Dozier, Louisiana State University, Dr. Nina Bassuk, Cornell University

Oct: Aspen Response to Drought and Climate Change in the 21st Century, Dr. William Anderegg, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Utah

Dec: How to Fit Large Trees Into Communities, Dr. Mike Kuhns, USU Extension Forestry Specialist

Jan: An Introduction to Utah Trees and Forests, Darren McAvoy

Mar: What's in a Name? Tree Taxonomy and an Introduction to Tree Identification, Mike Kuhns

May: Planning a Timber Harvest, Part I, Darren McAvoy

Jun: Planning a Timber Harvest, Part II, Darren McAvoy

Sep: Monitoring Forest Health Trends in Utah, John Shaw

Nov: Bark Beetles in Utah, Matt Hansen (Not available)