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Hendersonville Green Drinks: The Value of Prescribed Burns
March 8, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pmFree
On Thursday, March 8, Hendersonville Green Drinks welcomes Adam Warwick, the fire and stewardship manager for the Nature Conservancy’s Southern Blue Ridge Program in Asheville. Fire has shaped Southern Appalachian forests for thousands of years and has a natural role in the forest ecosystem. However, highly effective government wildland fire suppression programs have led to a dramatic decline in fires, and in many cases, have left unhealthy ecosystems. The public was offered a glimpse of Southern Appalachian fire potential in Fall 2016, which culminated with the Smokies’ Chimney Tops 2 fire that claimed 14 lives and was one the largest natural disasters in Tennessee’s history. Land managers across the Southern Blue Ridge are working together through the Southern Blue Ridge Fire Learning Network to use controlled burning to restore and maintain natural areas that traditionally experienced wildland fire. Warwick oversees management of a 20-person fire crew and about 12,000 acres in Western North Carolina. He is from east Tennessee and holds a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from University of Tennessee and a Master of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife from the University of Missouri.