Living With Fire

Thursday, April 7, 2016
3:30 pm
La Sells Stewart Center, C&E Hall

Living With Fire is an interagency effort coordinated by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension that teaches Nevadans how to live more safely in wildfire prone areas. Since its beginning in 1998 as a western Nevada effort, the program has steadily grown and achieved national recognition for assisting homeowners in wildfire threat reduction. This lecture will describe how the program was conceived, how it operates and provide examples of program content.

Ed received his Bachelor and Master degrees in renewable natural resource management from the University of Nevada, Reno. Upon graduation, he worked ten years for Resource Concepts, Inc., a Great Basin natural resources consulting firm. He is currently employed by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and serves as the natural resource management specialist for western Nevada. Since 1988, much of his time has been spent addressing the issue of Nevadans living in high fire hazard areas. Currently, he is the coordinator of the Living With Fire Program, an interagency wildfire threat reduction education program for Nevada homeowners. He has received national recognition for his wildfire threat reduction efforts, including being named the Outstanding Extension Outreach Faculty Member in the nation by National Association State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, receiving the USDA Honor Award from the Secretary of Agriculture, and being awarded the Excellence in Community Assistance – National Fire Plan Award. He lives in Carson City, Nevada with his wife Cathy, a nurse and son Tyler, a student at University of Nevada, Reno.