In an effort to address fire risk to communities, the Missoula Ranger District of the Lolo National Forest is working to develop an all lands focused fuels and forest resiliency project called Wildfire Adapted Missoula, or WAM. This approach will be a significant change from the small-scale projects of the last twenty years on the District. Project activities are likely to include thinning, invasive weed treatments, and prescribed fire.
These “Learning Labs” — set to take place through the spring and summer of 2019 — aim to improve community understanding that we live in a fire adapted landscape, meaning fire is a normal part of this place. The Learning Labs also provide opportunities to share why uncharacteristically severe wildfire has become a regular part of our summers in the 21st century, as well as strategies to reduce fire risk and improve forest resiliency and natural patterns.
UPCOMING LEARNING LABS (UPDATED 7/11/19):
- July 23, 2019: Pattee Canyon Field Trip. 5pm – 7pm at Pattee Canyon Picnic Area.
- See a forest treatment project and learn why a landscape approach is needed. All welcome! *Please wear clothing suitable for being outside/walking outside on uneven terrain, and please bring camp chairs for the presentation portion of the event.
- July 31, 2019: West Missoula Neighborhood Learning Lab. 5pm – 7pm at Missoula Rural Fire District Station 1.
- Learn from a fire scientist, WAM project manager, and firefighters about improving forest resiliency and reducing fire risk. All welcome!