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The Longest Season: An Our Land Wildfire Special

This week on New Mexico in Focus, fire season has started early in our state. In a collaboration with Our Land, Environment Reporter Laura Paskus gives the context we need to understand the impacts of the early start, and how we can navigate this growing threat. 

New Mexico has already seen several serious fires across the state. These fires have destroyed hundreds of homes, killed two people so far, forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes and livestock, and they’ll cost millions of dollars.

The Longest Season: An Our Land Wildfire Special, explores all these challenges, and the ongoing struggle to support and recruit federal wildland firefighters to control these blazes.

Host: Gene Grant

Segments:

New Mexico’s Evolving Droughts & Wildfire Threats
Correspondent: Laura Paskus
Guest: Parker Williams, bioclimatologist, UCLA

Forest Under Siege
Correspondent: Laura Paskus
Guests:
Daniel Denipah, forestry director, Pueblo of Santa Clara
Laura McCarthy, New Mexico State Forester
John Formby, forest health specialist, New Mexico Forestry Division
Lindsey Quam, deputy director of forests, New Mexico Forestry Division

Fighting More Than Fire
Correspondent: Laura Paskus
Guests:
Marcus Cornwell, federal wildland firefighter
Kelly Martin, president, Grassroots Wildland Firefighters
Jonathon Golden, former wildland firefighter

Wildland Firefighters Update
Correspondent: Laura Paskus
Guest: Jonathon Golden, former wildland firefighter

Preparing Homes for Fire Season
Correspondent: Laura Paskus
Guest: Tom Swetnam, professor emeritus at the University of Arizona

Wildfire Notifications & Resources
Correspondent: Laura Paskus
Guest: Eytan Krasilovsky, deputy director, Forest Stewards Guild

Earth Day Message
Correspondent: Laura Paskus

What Do We Do Now?
Correspondent: Laura Paskus
Guest: Eytan Krasilovsky, deputy director, Forest Stewards Guild

Community-Based Forest Management in Northern New Mexico
Correspondent: Laura Paskus
Guests:
J.R. Logan, secretary & treasurer, Cerro Negro Forest Council
David Fermin Arguello, member, Cerro Negro Forest Council
Art Montoya, mayordomo, Cerro Negro Forest Council
Richard Cordova, lenero, Cerro Negro Forest Council