Ron Schali

As high school environmental science instructor and a forest land home owner I am interested in supporting the effort to create healthier, fire safe forests here in New Mexico as well as the rest of the country. I live in an area that is rated as high risk and am in the process of working with neighbors to start educating folks in this area about the importance of forest management hoping to establish a long term forest management plan for our area.

Occupation: Teacher/land owner

Email: mister.schali@gmail.com

City: Ramah

County: McKinley

Mary Wallen

As forest fires continue to worsen, the importance of proper forest management is becoming more important. Timberlake has a great Volunteer Fire Dept., but we are in the middle of the Cibola National Forest. We have one main access for ingress and egress with the second being Forest Road 157, which in a 4 wheel drive vehicle takes 1 1/2 hours to drive thru the forest to get to the McGaffey area and close to I-40. Several of my neighbors and myself intend to promote forest management/this network to others in our area.

Occupation: Retired

Organization: Emergency Evacuation Coordinator for Timberlake Ranch Landowners Association

Email: Mrsdw19dw@aol.com

Phone: 505-269-5022

City: Ramah

County: McKinley

Website: www.trnews.info

Scott Ernst

I have lived on the edge of the USFS for over 20 years. I have received two separate grants for thinning my property in that time and have a bit of a longer term perspective on watching the ecosystem improve over time with thinning. I also offer aerial mapping services for pre and post thinning assessments for fire management.

Occupation: Aerial mapping, LiDAR scanning, 3D photogrammetry modeling

Organization: 

Email: scott@SWscanning.com

City: Santa Fe

County: Santa Fe

Website: 

Tom Swetnam

I live in the WUI near Jemez Springs, and I currently serve on the board of the Greater Eastern Jemez Wildland Urban Interface Corporation (Firewise group). I am working with the Jemez Firewise group, neighbors and the Forest Service to secure funds and implement forest fuels treatments, education, etc.

Occupation: Professor of dendrochronolology & watershed management, emeritus

Organization: University of Arizona

Email: treering1748@gmail.com

City: Jemez Springs

County: Sandoval

Website: https://ltrr.arizona.edu/

Ben Gillock

Our non-profit international high school is situated on 400 acres of Ponderosa Pine and Pinon forest. The forest has dangerous levels of fuel loading, and is in need of thinning and management. I teach at UWC-USA and direct our Agroecology Research Center, which has been charged with generating a plan for reducing these fuel loads.

Occupation: Director - UWC-USA Agroecology Research Center

Organization: United World College - USA

City: Montezuma

County: San Miguel

Website: www.uwc-usa.org

Mark Brehl

As a Fire Adapted Community practitioner living and working in Arizona I want to pay attention to the great work of our southwestern partners and the similar challenges we all face. My experience ranges from fire management, fuel mitigation, forestry, codes/ordinances, partnerships and community outreach.

Occupation: AZ Statewide Good Neighbor Authority Coordinator

Organization: Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire, The Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership & AZ Fire Adapted Communities

Email: mbrehl@dffm.az.gov

City: Flagstaff, AZ

County: Coconino

Website: https://dffm.az.gov/ | www.gffp.org | www.azfac.org

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