Forest Bound: Free native plant and conservation training

The Santa Fe and Cibola National Forests, in collaboration with the Institute for Applied Ecology, have a great opportunity for youth to learn about native plants in New Mexico.

Ages 13-18

This fun, immersive program examines native plants through a botanical, environmental, and cultural lens. Students enjoy daily, hands-on experiences in the Santa Fe National Forest or Cibola National Forest. They will gain skills such as seed collection and cleaning, plant monitoring, identification, and ethnobotany. They will learn about conservation careers through conversations with professional conservationists and environmental leaders. At the end of the course, students will receive a certification of completion in basic native plant ecology.

Session dates

Santa Fe:

June 17-21

July 22-26 (session full)


June 3-7

July 8-12

For more information visit:


Fire Adapted New Mexico Calendar - Find & post wildfire related events!

Hello all!

We’re populating the FACNM calendar on the website with all the Fire Adapted Communities related events that are happening around New Mexico. Click the link below to see the what’s your partners around the state are planing for this year.

This is a place to find and post local, regional, and statewide events that are related to wildfire response in any way such as, movie showings, community events, CWPP meetings, fire service conferences, home hazard assessment trainings, etc.

But I can use your help! If you are hosting or know about an event that you think FACNM members would be interested in please let me know and I’ll post it to the site.

All I need is a:

  • What is the event called?

  • When is it?

  • Where is it?

  • A quick explanation of the event.

  • A website or contact information.

Email all of the above to


$500 awards available to support Wildfire Community Preparedness Day! Applications due March 1st

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is an annual campaign that encourages people to come together on a single day to take action to reduce their wildfire risk. On May 4th this year communities and organizations across the county will engage in huge variety of activities from community chipper days to potlucks and discussions about reducing fire risk. For more information, ideas of events, and resources click below:

Wildfire Community Preparedness day page at NFPA .

To support Wildfire Preparedness Day NFPA and State Farm are offering $500 grants to fund wildfire risk reduction activities. Check this link below for information about applying. On the NFPA website there are tips about how to apply and examples of past projects that have succeeded, and see our previous blog post about ideas for events!



Goats help to mitigate wildfires

Krys Nystrom, executive director of the Wildfire Network, and Amanita Thorp of Horned Goat Landscaping, are using a unique approach to reduce fuels in the foothills of Albuquerque. We often focus on removing trees to prevent fires, but reducing fine fuels like grasses and shrubs can be just as important, especially if that is the main type of fuel that will carry fire in your neighborhood.

Wildfire, Insurance, and Development in the West.

Home insurance is shifting to adapt to the escalating scale of losses due to wildfire. This issue is sometimes overlooked as the tragedy fires in California and across the west unfold, but it’s becoming more prevalent and is directly affecting some property owners. Insurance is one of the levers that drives development and migration in areas adjacent to fire prone landscapes and puts pressure on these homeowners to mitigate their fire risk. The two articles below shed some light on how changes in insurer’s policies are impacting how home owners are adapting to wildfire and recovering from megafires.   

“As wildfire risk increases in Colorado and the West, home insurance grows harder to find”

This recent article from the Denver Post by Sophie Quinton dose an excellent job of investigating the issues of insurance and wildfire risk. It includes some unique perspectives from Bill Trimarco of the Wildfire Adapted Partnership and a solid endorsement of Wildfire Partners (in Boulder), two groups that are deeply committed to wildfire mitigation in Colorado. (click the orange title above to go to the article)

“Does Insurance Affect Home Development on Wildfire-Prone Lands?”

Headwaters Economics recently conducted an academic review of whether insurance influences development on fire prone lands. Two of their main conclusions were that:

·         A review of studies, anecdotal evidence, news articles, conversations with insurance industry experts, and analysis of trends indicates it is unlikely that insurance rates and policies alone will determine whether or not a landowner decides to build a new home on wildfire-prone land.

·         The most likely way that insurance companies will play a role in reducing wildfire risk is by developing financial rewards, such as lower rates, that are tied to fire-safe practices such as the use of flame-retardant building materials, creation of defensible space, and reduction of flammable fuels near homes.

(click the orange title above to go to the article)

photo from Arizona Department of Water Resources

Wildland Urban Fire Summit survey - Help us plan for the future!


The Wildland Urban Fire Planning Committee is asking for your help as we develop future meetings. Your suggestions will help shape future Wildland Urban Fire Summits to better suit your needs.


Please click on the link below to answer a short anonymous questionnaire that will assist our team. We also encourage you to forward the survey to anyone who might be interested, so we can collect as many responses as possible. We value your input.


The WUFS Strategic Planning Committee thanks you!

The Guild's All Hands All Lands burn team starts out strong

2018 is the inaugural year of the Guild's innovative All Hands All Lands burn team. 

A summary of work (at right) shows the amazing good fire results this year as part of the new coordination of effort, skills, partners and resources. 

View this video by the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network! The video shares information and results from recent Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges (TREX) and also features the Guild's All Hands All Lands burn team coordination (starting at about 1:35 time in the video).

Bringing good fire back to fire adapted landscapes requires lots of training and partnerships. The materials above display some of the results of such collaborative efforts. Enjoy!

Thank you to all who support this essential and growing area of restoration management and wildfire prevention.

FAC practitioners gather in Santa Fe for asset mapping workshop

Workshop participants. Top row from left, Sam berry, Tim Kirkpatrick, Rebecca Samulski, Matt Cook. Bottom row from right, Porfirio Chavarria, Shirley Piqosa, Marlita Reddy-Hjelmfelt, Jana Carp, Hamilton Brown, Matt Piccarello

Workshop participants. Top row from left, Sam berry, Tim Kirkpatrick, Rebecca Samulski, Matt Cook. Bottom row from right, Porfirio Chavarria, Shirley Piqosa, Marlita Reddy-Hjelmfelt, Jana Carp, Hamilton Brown, Matt Piccarello

It can be easy to discuss fire adaptation only in terms of the problems that need solving: overgrown forests, climate change, the wildland urban interface, etc. In doing so, we fail to recognize the strengths and capacity within our communities that – without the intervention of fire experts or outside funding – make it possible to incorporate living safely with fire part of everyday life.  The Mapping community assets to build wildfire resilience workshop, which was held June 26-28 in Santa Fe, provided participants a needed change in perspective from which to approach community fire adaptation work. One that starts by asking communities to plan from a place of strength by identifying their assets and mobilizing them to address their wildfire resilience needs.

Jana Carp leads participants in discussion 

Jana Carp leads participants in discussion 

Workshop participants represented non-governmental organizations, local fire departments, tribal forestry programs, and their communities. The workshop was led by Jana Carp of Community Fire, based in Petaluma, CA. Jana brought over 20-years experience working in asset-based community development (ABCD) to Santa Fe. Over the last two years Jana has worked to bring an ABCD approach to fire adaptation. An ABCD approach to fire adaptation “considers local assets as the primary building blocks of sustainable community development.” This philosophy is right in line with the vision for the FAC NM that recognizes “there is a lot of experience and knowledge in our formal and informal networks” and by offering technological solutions and tools for FAC members to connect we enable greater collective action.

Participants identified their assets using an exercise they can bring back to their respective communities. 

Participants identified their assets using an exercise they can bring back to their respective communities. 

Throughout the workshop, participants explored their own assets and practiced exercises that can be conducted with communities to help them identify their own strengths and capacity. An important thing to remember about ABCD is that no matter what the context, be it wildfire issues or urban community development, community strengths are not limited to what is “typical” for addressing those issues. Having a neighbor with a chainsaw is certainly useful to help reduce hazardous fuel loads, but there is a role for everyone in fire adaptation regardless of their experience in forestry or wildfire. An artist can help design the flier for your community preparedness meeting, the school teacher can help create education materials for the kids in the neighborhood etc. Most importantly, encourage community members to identify their own assets as just about everyone has   interests and skills beyond what one might expect.

While the workshop provided participants with tools they can use to help communities identify their assets, perhaps more importantly, it helped participants change the way they approach fire adaptation. If we are going to promote Fire Adapted Communities as a way to live with fire, then our efforts should reflect this more positive approach that builds on existing strengths to encourage collective action. Workshop participants agreed to re-connect in September 2018 to check-in and share how they have used what they learned to affect change in their communities. Stay tuned!

Additional resources

Notes for participants

The Town's Abuzz: Collaborative Opportunities for Environmental Professionals in the Slow City Movement

Overview of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD)

Situation Assessment (ABCD)

Asset Mapping with Connectors (ABCD)

Fire Adapted New Mexico Powerpoint presentation