Sandia Park Firewise Community Day

October 30th the Sandia Park Firewise Community came out to gather fuelwood from a Cibola National Forest project in Cienega Canyon.  

The firewise committee (including Krista Bonfantine from Arid Lands Innovation LLC) organized the event which was a first for the forest.  Roughly 100 people came (and, being so close to halloween, a pumpkin,  in various vehicles (and some with no vehicle...) to clear the downed wood from the project.  Santa Fe Youthworks was on hand, along with some high school students to give folks a hand with hauling the wood down the steep slope.  Over the course of 5 hours, roughly 40-50 cord of wood was removed from the project site. 

 

"There are many families like ours who depend on firewood to heat our homes during winter and cannot afford the rising costs of purchasing firewood from the commercial sellers. It makes sense to work with the community to remove the fuelwood while saving on the costs to hire independent contractors to remove it."
Sandia Park Firewise Community resident

The response was huge and positive, the logs were long and heavy, and the weather was perfect.  Based on the success of the event, the U.S. Forest Service is working with Wildfire Network to devise a strategy for the future. That strategy will depend on volunteers so please let us know if you are willing to help organize future wood days. A deep thank you goes out to all the people who donated their time to help make the day run smoothly. We're looking forward to working with the forest again.

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Wildfire Network works in pursuit of community wildfire resiliency by working with young adults and communities to promote firefighter safety, job development and youth mentorship. Through wildland and prescribed fire training, we employ and mentor at-risk youth in forest health, wildfire mitigation and safe firefighting techniques. We educate K-12 youth about natural fire processes within their environment and provide aid to communities with wildfire risk reduction and property stewardship.

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