The Fire is Out... What's Next?

After The Flames

Workshop & Conference


  • April 1, 2019
  • April 2, 2019
  • April 3, 2019

8:30           Before After the Flames convenes, join Fire Adapted Colorado for a free session on Co-Existing with Wildfire.

12:30         Welcome to the Workshop and Conference
Introduction by Carol Ekarius, Coalitions & Collaboratives, Inc.
Welcome by Chantal Unfug, Director, Colorado Department of Local Affairs

1:00            Navigating Recovery from the National Perspective - Join National, State leaders who are working in the post-fire landscape for real-world answers to your questions and discussion of what happens AFTER THE FLAMES.
John Andrews – USDA NRCS
Tony Anderson – National Weather Service
Darryl Martinez – Bureau of Indian Affairs, BAER
Kevin Houck – Colorado Water Conservation Board
Steven Hardegen - FEMA
Susan Rich - State of New Mexico

2:45           Break

3:15            Navigating Recovery from the Local and Non-profit Perspective – Join Local and Non-profit experts who are working in the post-fire landscape for real-world answers to your questions and discussion of what happens AFTER THE FLAMES.
Mike McHugh – Aurora Water
Lori Hodges – Larimer County Emergency Management
Bob Roper – Consultant
Carlene Anders – Okangan County, WA
Nick Holloway - Missoula County, MT
Sue Piper - United Policyholders -

5:00            Engaging for the Future: Colorado Examples for Success
Rebecca Sumulski – Colorado Fire Adapted Communities
Nancy Fishering – Colorado Forest and Water Alliance

5:30             Reception – Gather for networking and conversation. James "Woody" Faircloth, with RV4CampFireFamily, will discuss his project providing housing for fire victims.

8:00            Welcome and Keynote - The View From Washington – Review of Post-Fire Challenges and Solutions
                                    Jim Hubbard – USDA Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment

9:15          Funding Recovery     
                                   John Andrews – USDA NRCS
                                   Steve Boand – CO Office of Emergency Management
                                    John Cleland – RenewWest, LLC
                                    Rich Hansen - FEMA
10:15         Break

10:30        Breakout Sessions

                    1.  Collaboration & Communication
                                                     Christopher Tarantino – Epicenter Media and Training
                                                      Steven Sanchez – United States Forest Service
                                                      Laura Myers – University of Alabama
                                                      Dave Jones – GeoCollaborate
                   2.  Tools & Techniques for Risk Assessment
                                                      Bill Sjoberg, Katherine Rowden, Sam Batzli – NESDIS – JPSS
                                                      Luke Javernick – River Science, Seth Mason - Lotic Hydrological
                                                      Katie Jagt – Colorado Water Conservation Board
                    3.  Invasive and Threatened & Endangered Species
                                                      Steven Sauer – Boulder County
                                                      Janelle Valladares – US Forest Service
                                                      John Giordanengo - AloTerra Restoration Services
                                                      Lou Ballard - US Fish and Wildlife Service
                     4.  Community Resilience
                                                      Garry Sanfacon – Boulder County
                                                     Theresa Springer – Coalition for the Upper South Platte
                                                      Kurt Mackes – Colorado State Forest Service

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch

1:00          Breakout Sessions
                     5.  Tools & Techniques for Risk Assessment
                                                      Dennis Staley – United States Geological Survey
                                                      Jeremy Arkin – University of British Columbia
                                                      Joe Lange – Washington State NRCS
                                                      Brett Gracely – Matrix Design Group
                    6.  Flood Mitigation & Erosion Control – implementing projects and what works
                                                      Paul Santi – Colorado School of Mines
                                                      Dana Butler – United States Forest Service
                                                      Aaron Sutherlin – Matrix Design Group
                     7.  Infrastructure and Utilities
                                                      Mark Shea – Colorado Springs Utilities
                                                      Christina Burri - Denver Water
                                                      Lesley Mace - Colorado Department of Transportation
                      8.  Pre-fire Planning for Post Fire Recovery
                                                      Brad Piehl – JW Associates
                                                      Zander Evans – The Forest Guild
                                                      Tammi Renninger – Elephant Fish
                                                      Jason Kean - USGS

2:30           Break

3:00          Table Top Scenarios – An interactive session on what happens from Day 1 to the first flood.
                  Policy Discussions – Round table dialogue on policy recommendations.

5:00         Adjourn - Enjoy an evening in Denver!

8:00             Welcome to the day

8:15             Collaborative Approaches to Recovery - How communities and agencies are working collaboratively to address post-fire recovery options.
                                    Travis Ball – Washington State Silver Jackets
                                    Cody Stropki – SWCA Environmental Consultants                                                                            Paul Sclafani – US Army Corps of Engineers

9:30             Break

9:45             Break-through Conversations – Table top sharing and learning
                                   Fantastic failures and spectacular successes
                                    Creative approaches to pay the local match
                                    Post-fire realities: What to do today to be better prepared

11:00           What can we learn – top 3 lessons from each table. Group review and closeout

12:00          Adjourn 


12:30           Bus Tour of Restoration Sites - Separate registration, includes box lunch

5:00           Return to Embassy Suites

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