Maintaining CATCHments, Not waterSHEDS: the Effects of Wildfire
Wednesday, Jan. 29 – Third Street Center, Carbondale
Thursday, Jan. 30 – Hallam Lake, Aspen
Free and open to the public
This presentation explores how changes in watershed condition immediately following a wildfire can result in increased erosion, flooding and debris flow potential. Pre-fire, forests absorb and CATCH precipitation. Changes in vegetation and soil properties following a wildfire can result in precipitation being SHED causing increased erosion, flood flows, and debris flow potential. Fortunately most forested ecosystems generally return to CATCHing precipitation within ten years after a fire.
About the Speaker
Liz Schnackenberg has over 25 years of experience working as a hydrologist for the US Forest Service. Her work focuses on the effects of land management activities on watershed hydrology and wetland/riparian condition. She has been a member of the Colorado Riparian Training Team since 2004. She has worked internationally in Mongolia, China, and Georgia on wetland conservation and post-flood planning. In 2009 she was part of a Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team sent to Australia to help with post-fire effects planning; the Australians now have their own BAER program. In December 2017 she travelled to Portugal to help with post-fire planning following unprecedented fires, and returned in February 2019 as a Fullbright Specialist to provide additional assistance. She has a bachelor’s degree in geology from Colorado College, and a master’s degree in watershed science from Colorado State University.
What is Naturalist Nights?
Each winter, together with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and Roaring Fork Audubon, Wilderness Workshop invites regional experts to explore and share topics of the natural world through slideshows and discussion.
From January to March, this popular series takes place in Carbondale at the Third Street Center every Wednesday evening at 6PM, and every Thursday at 6PM in Aspen at Hallam Lake providing an educational activity for visitors and locals alike. Tea, donated by Two Leaves Tea Company, and cookies donated by Paradise Bakery, Village Smithy, or Bonfire Coffee are offered.