This month Hendersonville Green Drinks welcomes Adam Warwick, the Fire and Stewardship Manager for the Nature Conservancy’s Southern Blue Ridge Program in Asheville. Fire has shaped Southern Appalachian forests for thousands of years and has a natural role in our forest ecosystem. However, highly effective government wildland fire suppression programs have led to a dramatic decline in fires, and in many cases, have left us with unhealthy ecosystems. We were offered a glimpse of Southern Appalachian fire potential in the Fall 2016, which culminated with the Smokies’ Chimney Tops 2 Fire that claimed 14 lives, and was one the largest natural disasters in Tennessee’s history. Land managers across the Southern Blue Ridge are working together through the Southern Blue Ridge Fire Learning Network to use controlled burning to restore and maintain natural areas that traditionally experienced wildland fire.
Who: Adam Warwick, The Nature Conservancy
What: March Green Drinks topic: The Value of Prescribed Burns
When: March 8, 2018 – 5:30 networking, 6:00 presentation
Where: Black Bear Coffee, 318 N. Main St. Hendersonville, NC
Adam oversees management of a 20-person fire crew and about 12,000 acres in western North Carolina. He is from east Tennessee and holds a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from University of Tennessee and a Master of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife from the University of Missouri. Adam has over 15 years of experience monitoring wildlife and conserving native ecosystems on both public and private lands. He has developed expertise in black bear, red-cockaded woodpecker and bat ecology and specializes in using controlled burning to perpetuate fire-dependent plant and animals of northern Florida and the Southern Appalachians.
About Hendersonville Green Drinks
Hendersonville Green Drinks is presented by MountainTrue, Conserving Carolina and Black Bear Coffee Co. Come to Green Drinks to learn more about current environmental issues, have relevant discussions, and meet with like-minded people. This is a monthly event and everyone is welcome. You don’t have to drink at Green Drinks, just come and listen. Black Bear Coffee offers beer, wine, coffee drinks and sodas. A limited food menu will be available.