The Firewise education meeting on Saturday morning at Mountain Springs was very well attended with over 100 participants. A lot of information was presented. Here are the key points
1: Fire is a natural part of the Lake Wenatchee area, See the graph for fire frequency over the last 400 years. Note the lack of fires since 1900, coincides with advent of ‘modern’ strategy of putting out every fire as fast as possible, resulting in an unnatural build up of fuel in the forest, see photo.
2: Community involvement in reducing the fuel load in and around our communities is key. There are a lot of resources available FOR FREE that can be paid for with community credits. All volunteer hours earn credits for the community to pay for chipping etc. If you and your neighbors can volunteer some time firewising your property, your neighbors property or community property, all your hours will count for community credits. Chipping crews will be out this spring, contact one the local community coordinators below.
3: SIGN UP. There are volunteer coordinators for each sub-community area. Reach out and sign up with them. They will be coordinating efforts in each of the communities. LakeWenatcheeInfo is working with the Fire District to provide a mechanism you can use to report volunteer hours, stay tuned.
Graph and Photo credit: Richard Schellhaas
Discussion and Comments Welcome.
Here are the community coordinators:
|2016 Firewise Leadership|
|Nason Creek||Broughton. Dennisemail@example.com|
|Coles Corner||Scott, Marcifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kahler Glen||Miller, Billemail@example.com|
|Kahler Glen||Forbes, Long Dan, Maryfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|North and South Shore||Bottoms, Donemail@example.com|
|North Shore||Strauss, Windyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|White River||Saugen, Daveemail@example.com|
|White River||Bartholomew, Dave||DNBart@gmail.com|
|Whispering Pines||Shilling, Dedefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|South Shore||Wilson, Georgeemail@example.com|
|South Shore||Wilson, Jimifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|South Shore||Wood Lindaemail@example.com|
|Fish Lake||Mueller, Ann & Petefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Chiwawa River Pines||Stanford, Mikeemail@example.com|
|Shugart Flats||Payne, Mikefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Chiwawa Loop / Plain||Newell, Debemail@example.com|
|Hazel Road||Egbert, Paulafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|River Road||Jennings, Bob & Jerryemail@example.com|
|River Road||Kay, Lyn||Groganprsh@nwi.net|
|Bretz Road||Newell, Debfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Bretz Road||Tobey, Edemail@example.com|
|Forest Glen||Adamson, Bobfirstname.lastname@example.org|