What's Next: 416 Fire Open House

What’s Next: 416 Fire Open House
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The 416 Fire is contained, and while it may smolder till snowfall, it’s time for our community to ask, “what’s next?” Join the open conversation with experts from across disciplines, agencies, and organizations. Whether you’re interested in water quality and fish, protecting your home from fires & floods, trail access, or how you can help monitor and restore the forest, we’ll be there to answer your questions and brainstorm solutions.

5:00-6:30 pm: Panel discussion on next steps and questions 
6:30-8:00 pm: Themed table conversations to answer questions and brainstorm solutions

Dinner options provided by Bloom Cafe and Bounty for the Belly food trucks. 

Matt Janowiak (San Juan National Forest)
Jim White (Colorado Parks and Wildlife)
Julie Korb (Fort Lewis College)
Butch Knowlton (La Plata County Emergency Management)
Brian Divine (San Juan Basin Health). 

Following the panel, community members will be invited to engage with their own ideas of “what’s next” based on key areas of interest. Themed tables staffed by local leaders of every subject will offer the opportunity for participants to delve deeper into conversations around their own questions or solutions. Table themes include, but are not limited to: fish and wildlife, forest resilience, economics, river health, recreation, human health and safety, and private land mitigation. You’re welcome to join one table for the whole session or wander around the room to answer various curiosities. 

In addition to the community discussions, each partner will bring resources and their own ideas of “What’s Next” to share, so attendees will walk away with countless options for engaging in recovery from the 416 Fire. Food and beverages will be available for purchase during the event. 

This is an opportunity to bring our community together around unanswered questions and next steps after the 416 Fire. Moving forward, we hope we can use this fire as an opportunity to deepen our understanding of fire in our local ecosystems, and how we interact with it. 

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