On a beautiful Saturday morning, Lake Alice community members were geared up and ready to go. The community had organized a chipper day to reduce fuels on their properties. Stacks of fire-prone understory brush and downed tree limbs located near homes had been cleared out and piled up on the roadside; Devoted Tree Solutions provided an industrial chipper, truck, and a crew to work them; while a team of community members assisted the professionals, hauling armloads of woody debris that would be turned into woodchips and reused in community landscaping projects.
May is National Wildfire Preparedness month. Communities like Lake Alice are taking charge of their wildfire preparedness with the help of resources and support from King Conservation District’s wildfire planning services. KCD can help you, and your community, complete wildfire risk assessments and develop wildfire community action plans.
Mark joined KCD in the spring of 2018 as Outreach Coordinator. A transplant from Montana, Mark brings with him a decade of experience in conservation and land-use issues. After graduating from the University of Montana, Mark spent several years teaching natural history in and around Glacier National Park. He also completed two terms of service as an AmeriCorps Volunteer with the Montana Conservation Corps. Most recently, Mark channeled his passion for the outdoors working to engage communities on wildlife and conservation issues while working for the Montana Wildlife Federation. When not developing KCD’s outreach program, Mark can be found hiking in the mountains with his wife Tia and their dog River.