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Rising from the Ashes Eco Tour

September 29, 2013

The Southern Rockies Fire Science Network, a new center in the Warner College of Natural Resources, is cosponsoring an eco-tour of homes being rebuilt in the High Park Fire area using energy-efficient and renewable energy strategies and materials.

September 28
8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Davis Ranch/Swing Station
3311 County Rd. 54G

At the September 28 “Rising from the Ashes Eco-Tour,” we'll visit several homes at the High Park Burn area that are in various stages of rebuilding using energy efficient and renewable energy practices.

Forestry, wildlife, and construction experts will discuss best practices, wildfire awareness, and ecology. The Colorado State Forest Service is assisting the Northern Colorado Renewable Energy Society with forestry and fire science information.

The tour includes:

  • transportation to homes in forest settings with experts, and
  • lunch and beverages with tour experts for a Q & A session at Swing Station.

The tour and lunch will be followed by a low-impact living expo and info about Tiny Homes, plus free music by The Waido Experience!

To see a full-sized image of the flyer (shown at right) visit the Southern Rockies Fire Science Network website and look for the text box titled, "NCRES Eco Tour: Rising From the Ashes." Use the lnk labeled, "For more information, registration, and tickets, click here."

Supporting renewable energy

The tour is a fundraiser for the NCRES.

“We offer a fundraising tour every year,” says Roger Alexander of NCRES, “but this year we wanted to show our neighbors ‘from peaks to plains’ how building with both energy-efficiency and wildfire awareness has positive outcomes for low-impact and sustainable living.”

CSU center provides wildfire science expertise

Workers at a NoCo rebuild with the motto, 'Safer, Stronger, Smarter.'

The NCRES contacted the Southern Rockies Fire Science Network (SRFSN), a new center at CSU's Warner College of Natural Resources, for support with wildfire science information. SRFSN works to create opportunities for the exchange of wildfire science information between researchers, managers, and the public. 

“We worked together to identify common issues in creating renewable/efficient energy and wildfire awareness,” says Gloria Edwards, program coordinator for SRFSN.

“We were able to identify several common issues. Both home energy use and wildfires affect the quality of air, water, and forest health, having far-reaching impacts on regional social and economic values.”

SRFSN then recruited forest and wildfire specialists to provide insights on burned area homesites, and is helping to co-sponsor the tour. “This has been a great learning experience, developing new connections between fire science and renewable energy,” stated Edwards.

Building with wildfires in mind

“We're finding that this is a movement extending beyond our region,” Alexander said.

“We found that other renewable energy chapters are promoting alternative building events after wildfires – bringing together principles of low-impact structures and education about wildfire behavior and ecology.

"The trend in Colorado may be to combine renewable energy housing as part of fire-adapted communities.”

Contact: Gloria Edwards
Phone: (970) 491-2991