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Forest & Fire Learning Series: At the Nexus of Wildfire & Water

April 8, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

At the Nexus of Wildfire & Water

Our 2nd evening will feature ongoing studies conducted by partners at Mountain Studies Institute (MSI) and Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS). Researchers Scott Roberts and Dr. Rhoades will share data and stories that detail the fascinating effects that wildfires have on stream chemistry, stream habitats, and aquatic life. They will also provide insight into what their research is saying about post-fire recovery in these systems.


• Scott Roberts, M.S.: Aquatic Ecologist, Mountain Studies Institute

• Chuck Rhoades, Ph.D.: Research Biochemist, Rocky Mountain Research Station

Livestream on Mountain Studies Institute YouTube page and Facebook at 6pm.

More about the series:

Since 2017, the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado have experienced exceptional drought and fire alongside record snowpack and swollen rivers. In response to community concerns regarding these climatic fluctuations across our landscape, MSI and partners began the Forest & Fire Learning Series in the spring of 2018. For the past three years, this lecture series has offered information and resources to how we, as a community, can better understand and approach local climatic changes using the best available science and landscape expertise to promote both ecological and community resilience.

There are many increasingly relevant conversations to address, one of which is the context of historical fire regimes – though 2021 may not prove to be an intense fire year, impacts from climate change suggest that fire events with increased frequency will occur. As our community continues to experience the fluctuations in climatic extremes alongside the consequences of more than a century of wildfire suppression throughout the West, we must discuss what it means to cultivate community resilience within the context of the forest ecology of the San Juan Mountains, historical fire regimes, and societal relationships to wildfire. The relationships and responses people have to wildfire can be complex and multi-faceted, which is why MSI aims to include what varying areas of science have to say about fire, forests, and community resilience.

To continue exploring these ideas, MSI is preparing for its 4th annual Forest & Fire Learning Series with the intent to educate and engage our community. This livestream e-vent will feature a Q&A session following presentations that cover topics of fire adapted communities, the connection between wildfires and water, adaptations to COVID19, wildfire smoke and air quality, local seasonal outlooks for 2021, and personal stories of living with fire. Because engagement with a virtual audience is important, interactive questions will be posed throughout the event to encourage a sense of connection and better understand how to reach community members online. Analytics resulting from these questions and the e-vent as a whole will be drafted in a 1-2 page document and shared with partners, sponsors, and local government officials, and posted to MSI’s website.

We invite you to join the conversation, ask questions, and help to inform a community approach to living with fire.


April 8, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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