Exchanging knowledge to improve forest resilience and health, while securing water availability in western USA

Rodolfo Zuniga-Villegas
The Nature Conservancy
Rodolfo is a Land Steward at The Nature Conservancy in Michigan
Worldwide as well as in the U.S.A., fire is challenging its usually expected intensity and behavior by becoming more unpredictable and devastating. Today, more than two-thirds of the U.S. forests have altered fire dynamics. In the recent past, there has been greater awareness among landowners, local and federal governments, indigenous groups and conservation NGOs, as well as land management agencies in general, of wildfire's devastating consequences on native forests due to weather pattern changes and limited or deficient forest management. This unique fire training program (TREX) brings both international and local Spanish bilingual forest experts together to share and learn about controlled burns, fire management and conservation practice on grasslands and forests. This program also strengthens local partnerships and forest health in New Mexico and the USA while improving forest resilience overseas. These events are hosted by the Fire Learning Network (FLN), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and Santa Fe National Forest (USFS).
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