• Green Gulch Zen Center (Wheelwright Room)

The Green Gulch Zen Center, Muir Beach Volunteer Fire Department, Central Coast Rx Fire Council, and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy invite you to participate in a free event addressing the beneficial role fire plays in maintaining healthy ecosystems and creating ecosystems resilient to a changing climate.

Dr. Sasha Berleman will present from 2:30 - 3:00 p.m. There will be other knowledgeable speakers in the morning from the Bay Area. Lunch time will provide an opportunity to meet people and discuss topics of concern. In the afternoon there will be an educational demonstration of a controlled burn (weather permitting). During this burn demonstration, fire experts will teach us about the different components of fire fuels, fire physics and heat transfer. Members from the Muir Beach Volunteer Fire Department and the Northern California Wildland Firefighter Academy crew will also exhibit fire control practices as they meet the fire.

Awareness of both the historical and current uses of fire, along with the beneficial impacts and the destructive potential of wildfire in this region is important. By understanding the diverse role of fire on the landscape, the public can support fire managers to implement proactive fire management policies and practices, which will allow us to better manage our natural resources and protect communities, both human and ecological.

Speakers will include:
Tracy Katelman, Registered Forester from Humboldt County
Dr. Sasha Berleman, Fire Ecologist, Audubon Canyon Ranch
Edward Willie, Pomo Indian Ethnobotanist
Abran Lopez, Amah Mutsen tribal member
Joe Rawitzer, Project Coordinator for the Central Coast Rx Fire Council
Mike Swezy, Watershed Resources Manager, Marin Municipal Water District
Greg Jones, Fire Management for Point Reyes and GGNRA

To sign up, please visit The Parks Conservancy event page.