Carol Dollard

Fire Chief, Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department

Carol Dollard is currently serving as the Fire Chief of the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department. She has served in this role since October 2015. She joined RCVFD shortly after moving to the canyon in 1983 and has been an active firefighter since then. In her “other life” she is an Energy Engineer for Facilities Management at Colorado State University.

Carol is speaking at

October 10, 2019
7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Speakers

  • Jolie Breeden (Tour Leader) Lead Editor and Science Communicator, Natural Hazards Center
  • Michael Kodas (Tour Leader) Freelance Author and Photojournalist
  • Mike Battaglia (Speaker) USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station
  • Peter Brown (Speaker) Director and President, Rocky Mountain Tree-Ring Research
  • Carol Dollard (Speaker) Fire Chief, Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department
  • Gabe Donaldson (Speaker) Manager, Colorado Fire Program, The Nature Conservancy
  • Chela Garcia (Speaker) Director of Conservation Programs, Hispanic Access Foundation
  • Russ Schumacher (Speaker) Colorado State Climatologist, Colorado State University
  • Chris White (Speaker) Owner, Anchor Point Group
  • George Wuerthner (Speaker) Public Lands Media

Description

(7:30 a.m. departure, $45 fee, lunch included)

This tour is full. If you wish to be put on the waiting list, contact Kevin Beaty.

The past year has seen the biggest, the deadliest and the costliest wildfires on record. These extremes stem from numerous factors, including a warmer climate, forest management trends and more people living in harm’s way. Wildfire has gone from having something of a season, to plaguing the nation year-round, and none of these conditions are likely to change soon. Considering its broad and cascading impacts, it’s likely environmental reporters will find more than one occasion to include wildfire in their work. This tour will travel through forests and burned areas above Fort Collins to provide a comprehensive look at fire in Colorado. Participants will learn about its history, wildland firefighting, climate change and fire weather, community resilience and human behavior in fire, fire management at the local and national level, and post-fire impacts such as debris flows and invasive species encroachment. We’re going to get down and dirty in the Wildland-Urban Interface, so bring your backpacks, hiking boots and enough energy to complete an easy to mid-level hike. Total drive time: 3.5 hours. Good for those looking for some exercise. 

Advance registration is required for all Thursday tours. Attendance on each tour is strictly limited, so registering early is important. All Thursday tours will return to the Lory Student Center at about 5:00 p.m.

IMPORTANT DEPARTURE INFORMATION: Please meet your tour leaders near the SEJ registration desk on the third floor of the Lory Student Center at the listed departure time to check-in for your tour. Eat breakfast at your hotel before arrival or plan to purchase breakfast at the Lory Student Center food court, which opens at 7:00 a.m.; coffee and snacks will be provided for tours that depart before the food court opens. Each tour will leave the ballroom as a group to board buses at a nearby location. Do not be late.

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