FAC Ambassador Workshop
February 26-27, 2019
Wildfire Adapted Partnership and Fire Adapted Colorado are organizing a FAC Ambassador Workshop in Durango, CO on February 26 and 27, 2019. Through a FAC Ambassador approach, practitioners can empower local residents to be catalysts for wildfire adaptation in their neighborhoods. The approach provides a structure to recruit and train volunteers, work with partners and support community events. In the fall, the FAC Ambassador Toolkit was officially launched, and this workshop will expand upon ideas presented in the toolkit. The first day will consist of a field tour to three local Wildfire Adapted Ambassador Communities near Durango. Attendees will hear from the ambassadors about how their communities became involved and have benefited from Wildfire Adapted’s Ambassador Program. Attendees will also hear from local agency partners on how they provide support and resources to Wildfire Adapted and local ambassadors. The second day will consist of work sessions, where attendees will be able to work through the toolkit to plan how they can launch a similar volunteer approach in their communities. Topics include: enabling conditions, volunteer recruitment, how to engage partners, the role of coordinators in communicating with ambassadors, etc. Attendees will also be provided additional resources to help them launch their own FAC Ambassador program.
FACO has a limited amount of funding available to support travel expenses for FACO members, so if you think this is something your really want to pursue and don’t have travel funds, please get in touch. It is also great if multiple people from one area who are going to pursue an Ambassador approach together want to attend.
Registration closes on January 18, 2019.
For more information on the FAC Ambassador approach please see:
Blog: Enhancing Fire Adaptation Through Active Volunteers: The Neighborhood Ambassador ApproachWebinars:FAC Net Webinar: Community Wildfire Engagement Panel: 15 minute overview of the Neighborhood Ambassador approach in Southwest Colorado.
Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists: 55 minute dive into example strategies for supporting FAC Ambassadors.
Lodging and Travel –
A block of rooms is reserved for workshop participants at the Holiday Inn Express, 21636 Hwy 160, Durango, walking distance from the public lands center. Rooms are $95/night – tax exempt. A booking link is here or you may call and book directly. Booking code “FAC”, 970-385-6400 and book with Front Desk or Reservations Desk. The hotel has a free shuttle from the airport 7am-11pm, but reservations are recommended and can be reserved at the same front desk/reservations number.
Flights into Durango come through Phoenix or Denver. There are flights into Cortez, CO, approx. an hour from the hotel which are often more affordable than those into Durango if you don’t mind a ten seat, single engine plane. These flights are affordable but don’t connect checked luggage except possibly with United. To search flights into Cortez, search separate flights from Denver to Cortez or look up Boutique Air directly. Becca (firstname.lastname@example.org) will arrange transportation directly with anyone flying into Cortez. There is also likely a New Mexico contingent from Santa Fe, which could allow a couple of people to fly into Santa Fe, NM and carpool up.”