Stewarding Forests through a Fire Ecology Lens

Category: Blog, Community Resilience, Grove of Old Trees, Riddell Preserve, Stewardship, Wildfire Fuel Reduction

By Leilani Clark

November 20, 2019


Increasingly severe fires, flooding, and drought have left us without a doubt: We are in a climate emergency. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, we have
less than 11 years left to make dramatic changes before the climate is irrevocably altered. In addition to reducing the stress of traumatic events, LandPaths is redoubling our longstanding efforts to apply effective conservation practices that address climate change and its impacts—from how we manage land to how we manage the organization.

In 2019, your donations allowed us to act even more tenaciously to do our part in addressing the climate emergency. For example, we worked hard to ensure that the 1,872 acres of lands we manage are “fire-safe” and to empower you to do the same.

For years, our staff and hard-working volunteers have focused on people-powered, low carbon fuel reduction projects. From Bohemia Ecological Preserve to Fitch Mountain,
we steward through the lens of fire ecology. This year, we offered workshops to pass that knowledge on to landowners and property managers.

“The hands-on aspect of the workshop really instilled confidence; I feel empowered to go home and make good decisions about managing the trees on my own property,” said Maria Cardamone, who attended our Grove of Old Trees workshop.

Additionally, after the 2017 wildfires, LandPaths joined the Good Fire Alliance, listing our preserves as potential sites for prescribed burns. This year, Preserve Stewardship Lead Erin
Mulligan completed a Firefighter II training, a critical step for LandPaths to conduct burns in the coming years. Be on the lookout for more hands-on, low carbon wildfire fuel reduction workshops for landowners and property managers in 2020!

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