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Stewarding Forests through a Fire Ecology Lens: A Hands-On Workshop at the Riddell Preserve
Saturday, November, 16th
9:30 - 2:30
Leaders: Erin Mulligan, Nicolas Whittaker, or Kyle Gift
Join LandPaths for a day of learning and hands-on experience. In this half-day workshop you will learn about the various ways LandPaths manages its forests at the Riddell Preserve for biodiversity while minimizing fire risk and creating resilient forests as well as learn about what type of fuel reduction projects you can take on at your own property.
The day will begin with a presentation on LandPaths’ multiple approaches to forest management at the Riddell Preserve, including forest thinning, selective pruning, invasive species removal, and burn piles. After the presentation, we'll roll up our sleeves and get some practice in these techniques.
This workshop is designed for anyone interested in how LandPaths manages its forests and local approaches to wildfire fuel reduction, and may be of particular use to owners of forested lands.
During the day, we will be walking and working on uneven terrain and mya hike up to 2 miles. Participants should be in moderate physical shape.
Time, Location & Directions:
We will meet at 9:30am at the Healdsburg City Corporation Yard at 550 Westside Road. We will carpool into the preserve from there. Late arrivals cannot be accomodated.
From 101 North, take the Central Healdsburg Exit. Make a hard left at the round-about onto Mill Street. Mill Street turns into Westside Road under the freeway underpass. Continue for approximately 1/2 mile. The entrance to the Corp Yard will be on your right and has a sign.
What to Bring:
Picnic lunch, snacks, water bottle, backpack
Sturdy boots or shoes and layers of clothes that can get muddy. Rain gear if it is wet.
Work gloves, hand saws, and loppers if you have them. We have extras.
Hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses.
You will be asked to sign a liability waiver.
There is a restroom on the preserve.
There is no potable water available on the property.
No pets or smoking are permitted.