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Sunday, February 24, 2019

CA Fire Response Weekend


Doors Open: 9:00 AM
Program Starts: 9:00 AM
End Time: 5:00 PM

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Place: Hiiden Villa
Los Altos Hills

Join Californians from all over the state as we unearth new ways to re-orient ourselves to the realities of drought and fire in this time of Climate Crisis.

Runs Fri Feb 22 - Sun Feb 24

Note - One Day options available

Our Goals:

To understand regenerative practices that are effective for fire prevention, response, and restoration so they may become part of State, Fire District, and local actions

To facilitate grassroots organizing of Californians to become trained citizen teams who know how to prepare and respond and live in a fire ecology.

To learn from model communities.

You will meet fire prevention practitioners, landscape restoration professionals, erosion control experts, soil water-holding capacity specialists, indigenous land tenders and policymakers. Together, we will debrief about recent wildfires in California and plan a more holistic approach to fire ecology management. Colleagues from wildfire areas throughout the state will share their experiences and recommendations for improved preparedness.

Chairman Valentin Lopez, of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, responsible for traditional land stewardship in parts of Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and San Mateo Counties, will speak on indigenous approaches to caring for land in fire-prone areas Saturday afternoon, February 23.

John Laird will keynote and lead a discussion Sunday, Feb 24 about what's needed from leadership. A great strategist and former secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency during Governor Brown's administration, Laird will run for State Senate in 2020. Once in office, he will be in a position to write important legislation that improves conditions in our forests and communities, and increases budgets for critical state agencies and services.

Other presenters: Larry Ray, fire restoration specialist in Mendocino County; Lydia Neilsen, Rehydrate the Earth, techniques to improve water-holding capacities of soils; Erin Axelrod, LIFT Economy, forest thinning, bioremediation and home hardening demos: Matthew Trumm, Treetop Permaculture, coordinator of volunteer ecological restoration response for the Camp Fire; and moreā€¦

We will gather for meals and conversations between presentations and share stories in a cozy, rustic retreat setting with bunkhouses and cabins. You will find yourself participating in results-oriented guided group discussions, including some hands-on activities.

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Admission: Sliding Scale
Cost: $20-$95
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