California Fire Response Weekend

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Date(s) - 02/22/2019 - 02/24/2019
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Hidden Villa

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California Fire Response Weekend
On the weekend of Feb 22 – 24, join Californians from all over the state as we unearth new ways to re-orient ourselves to the realities of drought and fire in this time of Climate Crisis.

Our Goals: To facilitate grassroots organizing of Californians to become trained citizen teams who know how to prepare and respond and live in a fire ecology. To learn from model communities.

You will meet fire prevention practitioners, landscape restoration professionals, erosion control experts, soil water-holding capacity specialists, indigenous land tenders and policymakers. Together, we will debrief about recent wildfires in California and plan a more holistic approach to fire ecology management. Colleagues from wildfire areas throughout the state will share their experiences and recommendations for improved preparedness.

Chairman Valentin Lopez, of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, responsible for traditional land stewardship in parts of Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and San Mateo Counties, will speak on indigenous approaches to caring for land in fire-prone areas.

John Laird will keynote and lead a discussion about what’s needed from leadership. A great strategist and former secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency during Governor Browns administration, Laird will run for State Senate in 2020. Once in office, he will be in a position to write important legislation that improves conditions in our forests and communities, and increases budgets for critical state agencies and services.

Other presenters: Larry Ray, fire restoration specialist in Mendocino County; Lydia Neilsen, Rehydrate the Earth, techniques to improve water-holding capacities of soils; Erin Axelrod, LIFT Economy, forest thinning, bioremediation and home hardening demos: Matthew Trumm, Treetop Permaculture, coordinator of volunteer ecological restoration response for the Camp Fire; and more

We will gather for meals and conversations between presentations and share stories in a cozy, rustic retreat setting with bunkhouses and cabins. You will find yourself participating in results-oriented guided group discussions, including some hands-on activities.

Filmmaker John D. Liu, Founder of the Ecosystem Restoration Camps Movement, will be filming interviews with fire response professionals at the gathering. John will keynote at UCSC on Thursday evening, February 28, free of charge, as part of UCSC Bioneers, Kresge Town Hall.

— Space is limited to 50 people.
— If you have other interested associates who you think should be invited, please let us know in a timely way.
— If you are not able to make it, but would like to be part of the ongoing discussions, please say so in a response to this email. We plan to create networking lists in specific areas of interest.
— One low price covers the entire weekend. There is no reduced pricing for partial attendance, and you must register in advance.

Organizing Committee: Ellen Farmer, Galen OToole, and Hannah Apricot Eckberg

Inspired by the global Ecosystem Restoration Camps movement

Sponsored in part by Abundant Earth Foundation and Collaborative Ventures