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Speakers announced for 2015 Colorado Wildland Fire Conference

Eric Lovgren, Information Officer, Colorado Wildland Fire Conference and Wildfire Mitigation Specialist, Eagle County
eric.lovgren@eaglecounty.us or 970-328-8742

Aug. 7, 2015 – A diverse group of speakers and presenters will discuss “Creating Fire Adapted Communities”  at this year’s Colorado Wildland Fire Conference held in Pitkin County. A Fire Adapted Community incorporates people, buildings, businesses, infrastructure, cultural resources and natural areas to prepare for the effects of wildfire.

Registration is now open for the conference, which will take place at the Viceroy Hotel in Snowmass Village from Sept. 24 - 26. The conference is designed to provide a framework for becoming a Fire Adapted Community. Anyone wanting to know how they can reduce their community’s vulnerability to wildfire is encouraged to attend.

Dr. Kathleen Tierney will issue the keynote address to start the conference on Sept. 24. Dr. Tierney is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Institute of Behavioral Science, and director of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her current research focuses on the political economy of disasters and disaster risk reduction, community resilience, and business and economic resilience.

Jack Cohen, PhD, will kick things off with a keynote address on Sept. 25. Cohen has been involved in wildland fire research since 1972 and works at the U.S. Forest Service Fire Sciences Laboratory in Missoula, Montana. Cohen started his research on how homes ignite during extreme wildfires in the 1980s. He conducted home ignition experiments and examined wildland urban interface disasters that lead to the development of the home ignition zone concept, and the Firewise Communities USA® program.

Molly Mowery is part of the Network Coordination Team for the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network, and will issue the keynote address to conference attendees on Sept. 26.  Mowery’s experience includes working with local, state and national government agencies, non-profits, professional organizations and the public. Her unique expertise focuses on finding community-based, sustainable solutions to the challenges posed by wildfire.

In addition to keynote speakers, conference attendees can choose from more than 30 breakout sessions aimed at identifying how they can reduce their community’s vulnerability to wildfire. An early bird rate of $185 is available now until Aug. 14, after which rates will increase by 20 percent. To register for the conference, visit www.wildfire-colorado.com.