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Learn about wildfire on Vail nature hike

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – Fire can be extremely destructive and healthy force in Colorado’s Vail Valley.

On Wednesday the Gore Range Natural Science School and instructors Ross Willmore and Eric Lovgren will lead a nature hike in Vail to teach residents about the fascinating processes fire produces in our local forests.

Participants will hike the areas of West Vail where tries have been cut in an effort to prevent the spread and reduce the severity of wildfire. They will learn about the role fire plays in the life cycle and reproduction of lodgepole pines.

Participants will also hear about the partnership between the United States Forest Service, Eagle County and the town of Vail that was formed to manage major forest fire in our community.

Willmore began his fire career with the Bureau of Land Management/Alaska Fire Service in 1986 as a crewman on the Chena Interagency Hotshot Crew. After three seasons working in Alaska and the western U.S., he joined the Fairbanks Fire Suppression Specialists where he supervised and helped develop firefighting programs.

Lovgren was first introduced to wildland fire while assisting ranch managers with numerous prescribed fires as an intern at the Africa Center for Holistic Management in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. He moved to Eagle County in 2003 and worked for Vail Resorts as a ski Instructor.

He worked for the Forest Service on the White River National Forest for two years before taking his current job with Eagle County in 2006.

What: Front Lines of Forest Fire

Date: Wednesday

Time: 9 a.m. to noon

Cost: $30

Instructor: Ross Willmore and Eric Lovgren

Location: West Vail

Where to meet: Donovan Pavilion parking lot,; wear good walking/hiking shoes and bring your own water bottle.

More info/registration: 970-827-9725 ext. 10, http://www.gorerange.org, science@gorerange.org

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