The Bow Valley Naturalist speaker series will kick off 2018 by looking back on 2017’s very active wildfire season. Jed Cochrane, Parks Canada Fire and Veg Specialist for Lake Louise, Yoho and Kootenay field unit, will look back on the 2017 fire season and highlight the Parks Canada fire management program. Fires such as the Verdant Creek wildfire will be part of this talk.
Jed started his fire career in 1997 at 19, witnessing the dynamics of fire ecology first-hand as an initial attack crew member. Over the next nine fire seasons Jed returned to the mountains on a fire crew and completed a BSc in biology at the University of Victoria and an MSc in fire ecology at the University of British Columbia. After a stint as a national fire management officer in Calgary he took on his current role with Parks Canada. Jed’s time is spent overseeing operational response to wildfires, planning and implementing prescribed fires, mitigating/managing non-native plants and protecting/restoring rare and threatened ecosystems and native flora, such as whitebark pine.
Jed is a dynamic speaker who is passionate about fire ecology in our National Parks.
The title of his talk is, ‘Managing Fire in Canada’s Rocky Mountain National Parks, the Challenges and Rewards’. This event is free and welcome to all.
Tuesday January 23 at 7:30 at the Banff Senior Centre on 107 Bear St.