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NACD Forestry RPG Webinar – Conservation districts provide a boost to pre-fire efforts

08/11/2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This session is a part of the NACD Forestry Resource Policy Group’s (RPG) seven webinar series that will be held on Aug. 11. Learn more about the series and other sessions here.

This session will demonstrate how conservation districts are helping communities reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire through planning, partnering and implementation. This session will be moderated by Jennifer Hart, NACD Forestry RPG Southwest Region Representative.

Presenter: Robb Sgroi, Land Resources Specialist for Teton Conservation District

Robb is a certified wildfire mitigation specialist. His work for Teton Conservation District includes range management and monitoring, irrigation improvements, wildfire risk reduction, and providing support in soils and erosion control. He previously served as trail supervisor with the Bridger-Teton National Forest, and as a public affairs specialist with the U.S. Forest Service. Robb holds a Masters Certificate in natural resources management from Virginia Polytechnic and State University, and a B.S. in biology from the University of Richmond.

Presenter: Azalie Welsh, Forest Health Project Coordinator for Trinity County Resource Conservation District

Azalie’s work for Trinity County RCD involves coordinating a fuel reduction and forestry program that implements on-the-ground wildfire effects mitigation treatments on both private and public lands. With experience in forest and fire ecology, fire modeling, silviculture, and other aspects of forestry and fire science, Azalie holds both a Master of Forestry and a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and Natural Resources from the University of California, Berkeley. She has previously done forestry, fire, and natural resources-related work for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the University of California, California State Parks, and others.

Presenter: Kelly Sheen, District Manager for Trinity County Resource Conservation District

Kelly began working for Trinity County RCD 25 years ago doing data entry and information technology (IT) management. His interest in computers and geography led him to build a geographic information systems (GIS) department that is regionally recognized. He has served as district manager for three years.

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