May 2019 Science Pub – Fire Science: Oak vs Fir Habitats

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Date(s) - May 28, 2019
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Axe and Fiddle


How can you reduce your risk of home ignition during wildfire events? Learn “Fire Science: Oak versus Fir Habitats” at our May Science Pub, presented Alex Rahmlow, Fire Planning Coordinator with the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). This presentation will explain how to manipulate fire behavior on your property and in your community by planning and treating hazardous fuels, and the pros and cons of oak and fir on the landscape.

Alex Rahmlow is a Fire Planning Coordinator with the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) currently serving Lane County. From the ODF District Office of Western Lane in Veneta, he applies for and administers grant funds aimed at reducing hazardous fuels while supporting long term prevention and landscape resilience strategies. He has spent time as a wildland firefighter with the Oregon Department of Forestry and as an environmental scientist collecting field data for Environmental Impact Statements. His Master’s focus at Texas A&M University detailed the benefits and costs of urban forests. His undergraduate degree focused on forest conservation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The CFWWC hosts a family-friendly monthly public meeting series called the Coast Fork Science Pub on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 5-7pm at the Axe & Fiddle, 657 E. Main Street in Cottage Grove. The event begins with informal socializing, trivia, and updates about the watershed and watershed council during the first hour. The Science Pub presentation begins at 6pm. CFWWC receives 10% of all sales from the evening between 5-7:30pm. The event is free to the public, with a $5 donation suggested.

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