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Come to PEEC from 7 – 8 p.m. to Hear how the Las Conchas fire affected the Valles Caldera National Preserve from Rebecca Oertel, a forest and range plant ecologist at the VCNP, from 7-8 p.m. Oct. 16.
Oertel grew up in Los Alamos, obtained a degree in biochemistry and has worked in the Jemez Mountains Area for the past 18 years as a biologist.
Although Oertel has been at the VCNP for one year, her extensive experience in the Jemez Mountains includes 11 years as a biologist at Bandelier National Monument, nine of which were with the U.S. Geological Society under Dr. Craig Allen at the Jemez Mountain Field Station.
There, she performed scientific research in long-term ecological monitoring including botany, ecohydrology, tree demography and dendrochronology.
In addition, her checkered background includes biochemical cancer research, EPA Superfund cleanup, LANL environmental monitoring, radioactive materials handling and disposal and a Helitack wildland firefighter in Santa Fe National Forest.
This presentation will include photographs and a discussion of Las Conchas Fire effects on the VCNP and possible short-term ecological outcomes in the Jemez Mountains.
Oertel will summarize the extent and severity of the Las Conchas fire on the ecosystems of the Caldera in the context of the historical fire regime for the area, explore the short and long -term native plant recovery and give an overview of the Collaborative Landscape Restoration project currently underway at the Preserve.
The event is free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.