Nick Smokovich

 

Since 2002, Nick has been a forester and firefighter providing recommendations to individual homeowner groups. Nick's objective is to educate and implement change from one house to a whole watershed so that wildland fire is not a destructive but a renewing force.

Occupation: Capitan District Forester

Organization: NM Forestry Division

email: nick.smokovich@state.nm.us

City: Capitan

County: Lincoln

Website: nmforestry.com

Canyon Young

Canyon Young holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Range Science from New Mexico State University, and is the owner and operator of Cienega Ecosystems providing a wide range of land management services including forestry thinning and defensible space. Canyon is a former USFS Wildland Firefighter, and current seasonal employee of the USFS on trails crew.

Occupation: Ecosystem Consultant

Organization: Cienega Ecosystems

email: 505cienega@gmail.com

City: Sandia Park

County: Bernalillo

Website: https://www.cienegaecosystems.com/

John Waconda

The SW Region of the Forest Service is interested in supporting restoration partnerships of all types and scales. Fire prevention, mitigation, suppression, rehabilitation, and management all present opportunities for partnerships with the Forest Service.

Occupation: Restoration Partnership Coordinator

Organization: USDA, US Forest Service, SW Region

email: johnewaconda@fs.fed.us

City: Albuquerque

County: Bernalillo

Website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/r3/home

Hamilton Brown

I live in the WUI north of Taos and have watched big fires burn on three sides of us, including the Taos Pueblo Fire. I organized the members of our road to get Soil and Water funding to create a sheltered fuel break along our road to allow safer egress and ingress in case of fire. I work diligently to keep my 3 acres thinned and hopefully fire safe as well as continue to encourage my neighbors to do what they can.

Occupation: Retired

Organization: El Salto Firewise Community

email: bones40@taosnet.com

City: Arroyo Seco

County: Taos

Joe Stehling

Formed the Colfax Coalition of FIrewise communities about 12 years ago. Secured several thinning grants for the Hidden Lake Property Owners Association. Continually try to educate our mostly absentee property owners (10 -20 heavily forested acres in size) on Defensible Space and identifying the Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone.

Occupation: Retired

Organization: Colfax County Coalition of Firewise Communities

email: joestehling@earthlink.net

City: Angel Fire

County: Colfax

Website: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=colfax%20county%20coalition%20of%20firewise%20communities

Mark Masters

Mark holds a BS in Ecology and Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He completed gradate studies in forestry and fire ecology at the University of Idaho. Prior to founding Chloeta, he was a federal wildland firefighter for nine (9) years serving as a helirappeller, Fire Management Officer (FMO) and as a National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) employee.

Occupation: CEO

Organization: Choleta

email: mmasters@choleta.com

City: Albuquerque

County: Bernalillo

Website: www.chloeta.com

Jordan Stone

Our mission at Rocky Mountain Youth Corps is to provide stepping-stone opportunities to young New Mexicans. For youth interested in pursuing a career in fire or natural resource management, FAC could be a great resource.

Occupation: Middle Rio Grande Program Manager

Organization: Rocky Mountain Youth Corps

email: jordan@youthcorps.org

City: Albuquerque

County: Bernalillo

Websiteyouthcorps.org

Barbara Mortimer

I live in the Los Cerros Colorados subdivision off Hyde Park Road. Our area is considered very high on the scale for the threat of wildfire. I would like to make my own home as fire wise as possible and share the information I gather with other concerned residents. I want to do my part in helping make the Hyde Park Road corridor more resistant to the spread of wildfire.

Occupation: Educator

Organization: The Academy for Technology and the Classics

email: mortierml@yahoo.com

City: Santa Fe

County: Santa Fe

Ross Clay

As a Stunt Coordinator safety has always been the prime directive. I have experience in creating fires and full body effects in fire for the motion picture industry. I am currently working on a proprietary piece of equipment that will safe the lives of our Wild Fire Fighters and for also the outdoor enthusiast.

Occupation: Local Business owner and 40 years in the Entertainment Industry as Stuntman, Stunt Coordinator, 2nd Unit Director, Wrangler and Writer

Organization: SAG-AFTRA

email: rcstunts@gmail.com

City: Santa Fe

County: Santa Fe

 

Marlita Reddy-Hjelmfelt

I have been involved in wildfire communications (social media and PIO training) for eight years, for the most part on incidents but also in ongoing preparedness activities. I'm interested in learning more about the physical assessments - mostly for myself but if I can accomplish that, I would be happy to help others assess their properties.

Occupation: Communications & Technology Consultant

email: mar@theredelm.com

City: Santa Fe

County: Santa Fe

Website: https://www.theredelm.com