Working with Fire & Flood Impacted Communities

Effective Responses & Resources to meet future Challenges

December 9, 2022 | 8:30-10:00 AM MT

How can communities work together to prepare for ongoing fire risks? How is fire recovery and planning work funded?

After a season of major fires and flooding, communities across New Mexico need support in rebuilding- structures, soils, waterways, and more. While there are many resources out there, navigating the systems to access that support can feel nearly impossible. Quivira Coalition’s New Mexico Coalition to Enhance Working Lands (NMCEWL) has partnered with Coalitions & Collaboratives, Inc. for an After the Flames webinar to provide resources, information sharing, and capacity building addressing post-wildfire recovery efforts. This webinar, featuring guest speaker Carol Ekarius, is geared toward nonprofits, agencies, and conservation districts to support each other in establishing high-functioning networks to support our communities.

Subject Matter Expert

Carol Ekariuswas the founder and Executive Director for over a decade of the Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP) and a longtime member of the State of Colorado’s Forest Health Advisory Council. She also founded and was the CEO of Coalitions & Collaboratives, Inc (COCO), an organization created to help grow place-based collaborative conservation organizations. Over her tenure, CUSP and COCO worked extensively on forest and watershed health, wildfire mitigation and recovery, and building climate resilience. Carol has worked directly on over a dozen large wildfires and advised community members throughout the country on post-fire recovery for dozens more. Carol brings decades of experience in governmental and nonprofit management. Carol is also a freelance writer and the author of nine books, covering topics in sustainable, small-scale agriculture and farming, and environmental solutions.