Neighbors connect over prescribed burning and habitat restoration
Fire Forward, a program of Audubon Canyon Ranch, brings a unique blend of science-based program design and community organizing to our region. Sasha Berleman, director of the Fire Forward program at Audubon Canyon Ranch, makes it clear that when it comes to winter burning, a successful day is one where community-building happens.
"We're here today to help support some community burning and learning together along this riparian corridor. It's part of both fuels reduction and some riparian corridor restoration work,” Berleman says to the group gathered at the morning briefing. Neighbors showed up with curiosity and interest around what safe, effective fire stewardship looks like. Several people held drip torches for the first time and expressed how connected they felt to be united in a vision larger than themselves.
A key part of prescribed burning, for any neighborhood, is working together to get “good fire” back on the land. Thanks to everyone who made that happen this past week, including Fred, Catherine, members of Fire Forward and Good Fire Alliance, and of course—all the neighbors who showed up, ready and willing to help.
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