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Town Hall to Address Forest Fire Policies and Water

Posted on 29. May, 2012 by Stephan Helgesen in Energy/Environment, Social/Cultural

It is fire season again, and this week’s blaze in the Gila National Forest is already burning nearly 21,000 acres. About 50 cabins are threatened as the fire smolders around Willow Creek, with seven residents already evacuated.

This latest blaze brings to mind the largest wildfire in state history, last year’s Las Conchas Fire in northern New Mexico.

Questions about when and where to extinguish fires, whether to let some burn, impacts on water quality, and other policies regarding forest fires will be addressed at the New Mexico Town Hall on Fire and Water. The event answers the call for public discourse about these natural disasters.

Learning from fires such as the Las Conchas and its effects on habitats, watersheds, and water quality can help protect natural resources in the future. The Las Conchas fire affected communities, as well as economic development, tourism, ecological systems, recreational areas, and municipal water supply throughout the region.

Individuals interested in attending the town hall should register at www.nmfirst.org.DATES:

June 5-6, 2012
TIMES: Tuesday 9:30-5:00, Wednesday 8:30-3:30
WHERE: Hyatt Regency, 330 Tijeras Avenue NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico
REGISTER: Register at www.nmfirst.org.
WHO SHOULD COME: Community members, business people, researchers and educators, tribal members, public officials, government employees, students
CONVENER: New Mexico’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NM EPSCor)
FACILITATOR: New Mexico First

About the Organizers:  NM EPSCoR is funded by the National Science Foundation to help build New Mexico’s capacity to carry out science research on topics that are of importance to the state.

New Mexico First engages people in important issues facing their state or community. The public policy organization offers unique town halls that bring people together to develop recommendations for policymakers and the public. New Mexico First also produces nonpartisan reports on critical issues facing the state.

These reports – on topics like water, education, and healthcare, the economy, and energy – are available at nmfirst.org.

This information was submitted by: Melanie Sanchez Eastwood
melaniee@nmfirst.org, 505/241-4818































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