Aerial view of christmas trees in a lot with a chipper blowing chips

A Tree-mendous Way to Recycle Your Old Tree!

Aerial view of trees collected from KTMB’s 2019 event. Photo courtesy of KTMB. Have you ever wondered what to do with that old Christmas tree after the holidays? I’ve seen some folks shove their trees into their garbage can, others leave dead trees next to their home and others have dropped them in the desert […]

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A “Tree-Mendous” Way to Improve Forest Health

(Originally posted December 2019) Growing up in Southern California deprived me of the opportunity to harvest my own Christmas tree from the forest. To embrace my Northern Nevada residency, I decided to take my friends Joseph and Deborah, who were also new to the experience, to find the perfect Christmas tree. I was excited about […]

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The Ins and Outs of Open Pile Burning

A pile of vegetation after a resident improved their defensible space. Photograph courtesy of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. When maintaining or creating defensible space, property owners can end up with a large amount of leaves, weeds, branches and shrubs that need disposing of. As the mornings become brisk and the fall season approaches, some […]

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Prepare for Wildfire – Pack a To-Go Bag

Photograph Courtesy of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension My colleague shared her experience when a wildfire was approaching her community several years ago. “In the early morning hours, I woke to a nearby friend’s text saying ‘I can see the flames coming down the hillside. We’re evacuating!’  After racing out the front door, smelling smoke and […]

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Fireworks and Wildfire Preparedness

As July 4th approaches, it got me thinking of wildfire preparedness. Growing up in Nevada and celebrating Independence Day was about enjoying barbequed food with friends and family and settling down in lawn chairs to enjoy a professional fireworks display in the evening sky. However my husband’s upbringing in Oregon proved to be much different. […]

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Six ways to Prepare Now for Wildfire

“Once I saw the plume of smoke I quickly determined a list of to-go bag items and removed the dead plants from my deck.” This was the beginning of a conversation that I had with an individual regarding a recent wildfire and what his thought process was once he saw smoke from his residence. This […]

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Creative Methods to Reduce the Risk of Wildfire

For two years now, a community leader in my neighborhood and I have wanted to reduce the risk of wildfire in our community. The problem was that many of the residents in the area are seniors or are disabled and unable to perform the work themselves. Considering my neighborhood’s circumstances, we came up with some […]

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Running to Benefit Local Fallen Firefighters

Runners start the three-hour multi-hour trail run in May 2017 Two things that I love are being active and experiencing the outdoors. One event that combines both of these is to run a one-mile loop through the scenic Bartley Ranch while benefitting fallen firefighters. While I’m not a distance runner by any means, there’s an […]

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The Network 4th Annual Conference Helps Communities to Prepare and Update a Community Wildfire Protection Plan

Collaboration among residents, and local, state and federal firefighting agencies. Photograph courtesy of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. A few days ago I received a call from a rural Nevadan resident. He had recently moved to Nevada from Utah and had questions about creating a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). Immediately, I knew these important […]

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How you can improve Forest Health while Celebrating the Holidays

An example of a white fir acting like a ladder fuel. Photograph courtesy of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.   Christmas tree hunting to me is a family affair, complete with hiking, laughter, sticky tree sap and of course, a fresh Christmas tree! However Christmas tree hunting isn’t only about finding the best tree for […]

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