$20 – $25

Pizza & Beer Wildfire Fundraiser

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Wildlands Trust

675 Long Pond Road

Plymouth, MA 02360

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Wildlands Trust and IndieFerm Brewing are joining forces to educate the public about wildfire and raise money for wildfire prevention and relief!

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  • Tickets are $25 or discounted to $20 for members of Wildlands Trust.
  • IndieFerm will have Resilience IPA and Kombucha for sale.
  • Pizza will be provided free of charge by our friends at the British Beer Company, Cedarville.
  • Two local fire professionals will talk about wildfire science and management.
  • Funds raised will go towards both the Camp Fire Relief Fund and Wildlands Trust forest management.

Speakers:
Specialist at Northeast Forest and Fire Management Alex Etkind and
Natural Resource and Training Lands Manager for the MA Army National Guard Jake McCumber will share their stories from the field both here at home and across the country. These experts will talk about the factors that contribute to large fires in the western states, the similarities and differences between wildfire history out west and in Southeastern MA, and how comprehensive fire planning and active management are applied to make communities safer. There will be plenty of time for questions and socializing.

Background:
Wildfires are of growing concern across the country. The Camp Fire that burned in Butte County was the deadliest and most destructive in California history, burning at least 153,000 acres and killing at least 85 people. Since this wildfire burned in the hills above Sierra Nevada’s Chico Brewery, the brewing company started a Camp Fire Relief Fund and began a nationwide fundraiser with their new Resilience IPA. More than 1,400 breweries across the country, including Plymouth's own IndieFerm Brewing, are now brewing Resilience IPA and donating 100% of the profits to the Camp Fire Relief Fund.

Here in Southeastern Massachusetts, many of us are living in a Pine Barrens ecosystem that is very susceptible and historically dependent on fire. Prescribed burning and other forest management practices that help to mitigate the risk of large wildfires are becoming commonplace across this landscape. Wildlands Trust is now developing long-term forest management plans for our protected lands that are fire susceptible.

Jake McCumber is the Natural Resources and Training Lands Manager for the MA Army National Guard (MAARNG), based at Camp Edwards on Joint Base Cape Cod. He has a strong interest in birds, habitat management/restoration, and mixed-use conservation planning. He is also the Wildland Fire Program Coordinator for MAARNG with an ever increasing interest in wildland fire planning and application, particularly in pine barrens. His career as a conservation biologist has included working for multiple state and federal agencies in Wyoming, Texas, and Massachusetts. This has provided a breadth of management and ecological experience as well as a chance to work with many amazing people and species.

Alex Etkind specializes in the sustainable management of fire adapted ecosystems. With over eight years of experience in land management and conservation, he has worked in a variety of capacities with non-profit land trusts, environmental organizations, and municipal, state, and federal government agencies. In his position with Northeast Forest and Fire Management, LLC, Mr. Etkind implements prescribed burns throughout New England and New York. In addition to his work with prescribed fire in the Northeast, Mr. Etkind is an Emergency Firefighter with the National Park Service and has been deployed on multiple wildfire assignments in the western United States.

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