Date: July 5, 2007
CONTACT: Mike Brown, (775) 753-0386
ELKO FIELD OFFICE NO. 2007-89
FIRE AND VEGETATION MANAGEMENT FAIR REMINDER
Find out how to protect your property from wildland fire at the Fire Fair July 12-14 at Great Basin College in Elko. Defensible space presentations, vendors, technical sessions and tours are some of the activities at the event which is free to the public.
The Fire Fair is a free public event aimed at letting people know how to protect their homes and property from wildfire and providing information about the community resources available to help them. Presentations on “defensible space” for landowners in the rural-urban interface (July 12), as well as technical sessions on wildland fire ecology and management (July 13), will be held in Room 130 of the Greenhaw Technical Arts Building. A free picnic the evening of July 12 will be held on campus outside the Greenhaw Building.
Keynote speakers at the technical session include Dr. Charles Kay, Utah State University; Dr. James A. Young, USDA Agricultural Research Service; and Dr. Robin Tausch, U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station. The session will conclude with a panel discussion, “Where Do We Go from Here?” involving session speakers and representatives from BLM, Forest Service, Nevada Division of Forestry, Nevada Department of Wildlife, and Nevada Cattlemen’s Association.
Two concurrent field tours will be conducted Saturday, July 14. One tour will focus on defensible space for landowners living at the urban-rural interface and the other will visit recent wildland fire-impacted areas, areas of seeded/recovering vegetation, and vegetation management study plots approximately one hour’s drive form Elko. Sign-ups for both tours will take place during the events on Thursday and Friday. The field trips are also free and open to the public.
For more information about the event, please call Joe Freeland (BLM) at 753-0200 or Kent McAdoo (Cooperative Extension) at 738-1251.