Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Registration Now Open for Cooperative Extension Fire Workshop in Tucson!

Dear Cooperative Extension educators,

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for a workshop on wildfires issues to be held next March 10-12 in Tucson, Arizona:

Preparing for Wildfires: Moving from Crisis to Opportunity
A Workshop for Cooperative Extension Educators and Community Leaders

Who should attend?   Cooperative Extension educators and their community partners who are concerned about wildfires

When is it?  Tuesday-Thursday, March 10-12, 2015

Where will it be?  Radisson Suites Hotel, Tucson, Arizona

What does it cost?   Registration is $50/day.  The Radisson is providing beautiful two-room suites with kitchenettes for only $79/night.  A limited number of travel grants will be available to help offset travel costs for Extension educators.  See the Workshop Registration tab on our website for details.

Why should I attend?  This will be a fantastic educational and networking opportunity as Extension personnel from all over the West gather to learn the latest science about wildland fires and how to respond to them.  We will have two full days of presentations and discussions, a poster session, a social reception, plus a field trip up beautiful Mt. Lemmon to see world class scenery and learn how recovery from wildfires in 2002-2003 is taking place.

Is the workshop open to people other than Extension personnel?  Yes.  Please invite your local partners such as planning commissioners, local elected officials, fire chiefs, fire safe or Firewise leaders, and anyone else who might work with you to prepare your communities and landscapes for wildfires. 

Can I bring my family and make it a vacation?   You bet!  We have carefully planned this workshop to be family-friendly.  The hotel suites can easily accommodate a family of four, and the half-price rate of $79/night is available for a total of nine nights (March 6-14).  Low-cost groceries and restaurants are within a few minutes’ walk.  A large shopping mall and a huge park are within a quick, free shuttle bus ride.  The hotel features a large heated outdoor pool and beautiful grounds.  Best of all, the surrounding Sonoran Desert and Sky Islands mountains offer some of the world’s most spectacular scenery and hiking.  See the Hotel/Venue & Travel tab on the website for more details.

What will the weather be like?  Tucson’s weather in March is typically sunny and in the 70s.  
Come join us for a workshop to be remembered.  Learn from national experts on a variety of wildfire-related issues.  Grapple with new issues, see old friends, make new ones, and expand your horizons!  Find all the details at www.tucsonfireworkshop.org
Questions?  Contact us!  See you in Tucson!

Doug Cram, Co-Chair
Asst. Professor & Extension Wildland Fire Specialist
New Mexico State University
(575) 646-8130

Julie Rogers, Co-Chair
Fire-Adapted Communities Specialist
Tucson, Arizona
(520) 909-0534

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