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Preparing for Wildland Fires: Moving From Crisis to Opportunity.  A Workshop for Cooperative Extension Educators and Community Leaders

The workshop is right around the corner!  Register by March 2 Here.

Already registered?  Read participant reminders and tips here: Email to registrants Feb. 26.

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This workshop will equip Cooperative Extension Service professionals and other community leaders with the tools needed to successfully face the challenges of living in wildfire-prone environments.  National-level scientists and experts will help attendees think through all aspects and stages of fire – before, during, and after – in both urban and rural landscapes.  Local Extension personnel will share their challenges and success stories.  Regional leaders in preparing for wildfires will explain the new National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy and its goal of developing fire-adapted communities.

The agenda will include two full days of presentations and interactive discussions, an evening social, a poster session, and numerous opportunities for networking with attendees from all over the Western States.  It will provide a great venue to expand your professional horizons, visit with old friends, and make new ones.

During an optional third-day field trip we will visit a mountain community impacted by fire, hike trails in landscapes recovering from that fire, and see stunning scenery along the Catalina Highway, also called the Sky Island Scenic Byway, which climbs from 2,500 feet elevation in Tucson to 9,000 feet atop Mount Lemmon.  Because the road starts in the Lower Sonoran Desert and climbs to high forests, it offers the biological equivalent of driving from the deserts of Mexico to the forests of Canada in a short stretch of 27 miles.

This workshop is being presented in conjunction with the Western Rural Development Center.  Click on the Registration tab to see how we have made this workshop affordable for you.

Who should attend?  All Cooperative Extension personnel and their local partners:  e.g., elected officials, planning commissioners, Firewise and fire safe leaders, fire chiefs, and anyone else working together at the local level to prepare for wildfires.

Where is it going to be?  The Radisson Suites Tucson.  Each suite has two rooms, two bathrooms, and a kitchenette, and can easily accommodate two adults or an entire family.  Local restaurants and a grocery store are located within walking distance;  see more details under the Hotel/Venue & Travel tab.

Come to beautiful Southern Arizona for a unique educational and networking opportunity, and make it a late-winter vacation, too!  Bring your spouse, kids, co-workers, and community partners, and escape the cold-and-snow blues.  Enjoy temperatures in the 70s, comfortable accommodations, a beautiful heated outdoor pool, the Sonoran Desert in bloom, and numerous other attractions that make Tucson a magnificent place to visit.

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