News & Updates

November 27, 2018

Executive Director Monthly Update – November 2018

As we approach the end of the year, we are busy wrapping up projects and preparing to launch new ones. We are in the final stages of revamping our membership and sponsorship programs which we look forward to sharing with you at the end of the month. Part of this revamp includes updating our current membership database and those who receive our e-newsletters, please let us know if your information needs to be updated—thank you!

Diversifying our board with representatives from organizations, businesses and community groups whose work affects how we manage our landscapes—whether that be through watershed protection, air quality, waste management or community-based gardening—has been a focus of mine and the Board’s over the past few months. I am excited to welcome an employee of a public utility and a city planner focused on resilient communities; and am in conversation with several others in healthcare, research, commercial real estate and social justice. Our board members bring their experience and resources to ReScape and help us continue to grow and serve our communities. Stay tuned as I introduce our current and incoming Board of Directors to you soon. We also are expanding our Instructor pool, and will be launching our application process in January. We will onboard instructors with expertise focused in each of our 7 Principles. If you or someone you know would like to apply, please contact me.

While we have been continuing with our work here at ReScape, our staff has also been quite aware of the current wildfires. We often find ourselves thinking about wildfires as we integrate firescaping practices into our trainings and curriculum, but to find ourselves in the midst of the current devastation is saddening. It brings into focus how fires appear to be the “new normal.” The causes are complex; our education about response, mitigation and prevention must evolve. One of our Sacramento-based Program Managers has been actively engaged in her community efforts to assist those affected by the fires as many are seeking refuge where she lives. If you are being impacted by the poor air quality and ash, the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District has useful information on safe clean-up during and after a fire. We will continue with our organizational efforts that support fire awareness and seek to make our landscapes fire-resistant. In the meantime, we hope that you and your families are safe.

Happy Thanksgiving to all. We are grateful for you and all of your regenerative work,

-Milena Fiore
Executive Director

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