November Gathering Changed to Wildfire Discussion – Updated 11/13
October 23, 2017
Photo by Don Brubaker, USFWS - Refuges: Burrowing Owl at Sears Point after the fire
NOVEMBER GATHERING UPDATES, 11/13
- This event is now SOLD OUT. If you won’t be able to attend please release your registration or contact [email protected]. That way someone on the wait list will be able to attend. We hope to see you at our upcoming events (January, March, and the annual conference on May 11) soon!
- *We’ve added 30 minutes on to the program to set aside more time for Q&A. Keep reading for details as well as on the rescheduled original land conservation model Gathering.
Our thoughts are with the community. Thank you for all that you do.
Gathering Together: A Community Discussion on the Impacts of the Recent Wildfires
The devastating wildfires in Sonoma, Napa, Solano, and neighboring counties have irrevocably affected the lives of so many people as well as the lands we work so hard to care for. In light of these tragic events, on Thursday, November 16, 2017 the Bay Area Open Space Council is hosting a discussion on the fires between impacted fire ecologists, land managers who have been responding to and monitoring the fires effects on lands they manage, those who have been working with agencies like CalFire to respond to the fires, and community members.
Join us at our Gathering on Thursday, November 16, 2017 to hear from speakers whose lands were affected by wildfires. They will reflect upon what they’ve experienced, how they’ve responded, what they’ve learned, and their process moving forward to steward, rebuild, and restore their lives and lands. We encourage anyone and everyone from across the region who wants to listen, share, or simply be together during this time of rebuilding to join us at this Gathering. Please share this event with any of your colleagues who might like to attend.
- We are waiving the $30 Gathering fee to make this convening accessible to as many people as possible.
Our confirmed panelists are:
- Victoria Schlesinger, Moderator, Editor in Chief, Bay Nature
- David Shew, Staff Chief: Planning & Risk Analysis, Office of the State Fire Marshal, Cal Fire
- Sasha Berleman, Fire Ecologist, Audubon Canyon Ranch
- Sheri Emerson and/or Bill Keene, Stewardship Program Manager & General Manager, Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District
- Crystal Simons, Conservation Easement Program Manager, Sonoma Land Trust
- Mike Palladini, Stewardship Program Manager, Land Trust of Napa County
- Melanie Parker, Deputy Director, Sonoma County Regional Parks
- Cyndy Shafer, Natural Resource Program Manager, California State Parks – Bay Area District
- Lisa Micheli, President and CEO, Pepperwood Foundation
- Robert Doyle, General Manager, East Bay Regional Park District
- Watch this page and subscribe to our newsletter via openspacecouncil.org to receive updates as we confirm additional speakers for this revised Gathering. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well as we post most frequently there.
Time & Location Updated on 11/03: Program has been extended to provide additional time for Q&A with the audience.
- David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley.
- 9:30am-10:00am: Doors open at 9:30am. Coffee & tea served until 10am.
- 10:00am-12:30pm: Program starts at 10am. End time now pushed back until 12:30pm to allow for a longer Q&A with the audience.
- 12:30-1:30pm: Lunch now served a half hour later.
We’ll be using #OSCFires to talk about what’s being shared during the event on social.
You can sign up to drive or ride in a carpool here.
*The original land conservation model Gathering will be rescheduled at a future date. To receive updates on the new Gathering date subscribe to our newsletter mentioned above. For more information contact [email protected]
This event is possible with the generous support of the following sponsors: