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The environment desk at Aspen Public Radio covers issues in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the state of Colorado including water use and quality, impact of recreation, population growth and oil and gas development. APR’s Environment Reporter is Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

Researcher to discuss fire management

Courtesy of Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

A researcher with the U.S. Forest Service will speak this week about the sociology and psychology of fire management.

Sarah McCaffrey’s work looks at how people respond to fire — both prescribed burns that are used as a tool to manage public lands and wildfire. She will share findings from more than 60 studies that look at the social science of fire.

The presentation is part of the Naturalist Nightsenvironmental speaker series. Sarah Johnson with Wilderness Workshop, a co-host of the lecture, said that understanding fire management is particularly relevant in the Roaring Fork Valley, where residents are surrounded by public lands.

McCaffrey speaks Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Third Street Center in Carbondale and Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies.


Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.
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