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Watrous, NM – Collaborative Prescribed Fire Workshop

May 17, 2019 - May 19, 2019

Fort Union Ranch in Watrous, NM | May 17-19, 2019

The Forest Stewards Guild, with support from the American Forest Foundation, the High Plains Grasslands Alliance and NMSU, with support from Western SARE, and Fort Union Ranch are pleased to invite you to participate in a Collaborative Prescribed Fire Workshop for private landowners on May 17-19, 2019.

This workshop is part of an effort to engage private landowners in New Mexico in wildfire mitigation to protect priority watersheds and the resources they encompass. It will also build on last year’s workshop hosted by the High Plains Grasslands Alliance, Rio Mora NWR, Forest Stewards Guild, and NM Rx Fire Council, which focused on the prescribed burn planning process. We are lucky to partner with Fort Union Ranch in Watrous, NM for this workshop, which is where the burn will take place.

A tentative schedule is as follows:

  • Friday, May 17th (9am-5pm): Training and test fire
  • Saturday, May 18th (8am – 6pm): Burn-day
  • Sunday, May 19th (8am – 4pm): Fire line management & mop up

Each day will be structured to achieve shared learning representative of state-wide restoration and wildfire mitigation goals. Morning briefings will provide preliminary training, outline restoration objectives, and walk people through the burn plan. Small groups of participants will then be partnered with an experienced firefighter for effective hands-on learning and question and answer sessions as the burn units are ignited and managed.

The workshop will be grounded in burn models first pioneered by The Nature Conservancy and their TREX program and there will be 10-15 experienced firefighters on hand to guide the process.

This is an opportunity for landowners to learn about using prescribed fire as a management tool in a safe environment under the expert guidance and mentorship professional prescribed fire practitioners.

If you are interested in attending this workshop, please RSVP to BOTH Katie Meiklejohn ([email protected]) and Kendal Martel ([email protected]) with the following information:

  1. The days you plan to attend
  2. If you need lodging
  3. If you have any food allergies

Please don’t hesitate to be in touch with any questions!


May 17, 2019
May 19, 2019
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