During the week of June 25-29, Molly Mowery, project manager for NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division, co-hosted a group of Russian delegates in Colorado with the USDA Forest Service International Programs. Many of their pre-planned tour activities took them to locations affected by devastating fires, including the Waldo Canyon Fire outside Colorado Springs, and the Flagstaff Fire near Boulder. Despite the unique circumstances, the group learned about on-the-ground outreach and mitigation efforts, including the Firewise Communities Program.
Says Molly, “This was a great experience to work with natural resource professionals from all corners of Russia, including the director of the new Land of the Leopard national park, Fire Prevention Chief for a region outside Moscow, and public educators hoping to reduce black carbon emissions in Siberia.”
The delegates will take back lessons learned from the U.S. and explore ways to apply them in a Russian context.