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SWAF Day 3

Day three served as an opportunity for roundtable conversations focused on overcoming challenges to fire and forest management in the Southwest. Forum attendees had the opportunity to actively engage with practitioners, leaders, and researchers across topics related to fire management, cultural burning, and emerging initiatives throughout the region.

Welcome and Blessing

9:00 AM PT


Carolyn Enquist of the Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (SW CASC) opened the third and final day of the 2021 Southwest Adaptation Forum. Andi Thode and Alicia Azpeleta Tarancón will provided an overview of Southwest Fire Climate Adaptation Partnership (SWFireCAP), a new partnership between the SW Fire Consortium, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP), two CASCs, and other organizations focused on the intersection of climate change and fire. Nikki Cooley (ITEP) led the opening blessing.

Understanding our Relationship with Fire: Indigenous and Western Perspectives

9:20 AM PT


A panel discussion on our diverse connections to fire and how climate change is affecting these complex relationships.

Stretch Break

10:30 AM - 10:40 AM PT

Overcoming Barriers to Getting Fire Back on the Land

10:40 AM PT


An opportunity to learn from one another through an exploration of case studies where Tribes from across the Southwest have effectively incorporated traditional and conventional practices to address resource management and cultural priorities, while overcoming obstacles to the use of fire.

Lunch Break

11:50 AM - 12:20 PM PT

Opportunities for Transforming the Use of Fire for Climate Adaptation

12:20 PM PT


This panel discussed identifying synergies between existing and new partners that catalyze opportunities for transforming how we bring fire to the land for cultural renewal – and accelerating adaptation to climate change. 

Forum Closing & Blessing: Building Bridges

1:20 PM PT


Carolyn Enquist, Anita Govert, Althea Walker, and Amber Pairis closed the 2021 Southwest Adaptation Forum, with a look toward the 2022 Tribal Climate Change Summit and the 2022 SWAF. Closing blessing by Ron Goode, Tribal Chairman of the North Fork Mono.

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