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Meet Your Firewise Board Members

The newly recognized Ken-Caryl Ranch Firewise Board will employ the nationally recognized Firewise Communities program (and other appropriate efforts) to promote community-wide participation in the use of technology, policy and practices that minimize the losses from wildfire of life and property on Ken-Caryl Ranch (KCR), independent of firefighting efforts.

The KCR Firewise Board will provide up-to-date, take-action information to the community that helps address the risks of wildfire and enables residents to create action plans of doable and cost-effective measures for wildfire mitigation. The KCR Firewise Board will promote community protection by leveraging the support, resources and actions of the Ken-Caryl Ranch Master Association with those of local, county, state, and national fire agencies and organizations.

The Firewise board is made up of residents, KCRMA staff members and members of local supporting agencies. Here are the members:

Daniel Hatlestad (Chairman) has lived in Ken-Caryl Valley for over 25 years. With more than 35 years of volunteer EMS and fire experience, Daniel looks forward to serving the Ken-Caryl community as a member of the Firewise board. He is a Deputy Chief, Public Information Officer and firefighter/paramedic for Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District, the fire department which serves areas to the west of Ken-Caryl. He has worked on many of the large wildfires and other incidents to strike Colorado, including the Hayman, Hi Meadow, Buffalo Creek, Schoonover and the Lower North Fork fires, Southeastern Colorado blizzard, and Windsor tornado. He is a wildfire Crew Boss, Engine Boss, Safety Officer and Medical Unit Leader. Daniel is also a member of the Jefferson County Incident Management Team, where he serves as an Incident Commander trainee and Public Information Officer. He is a Marketing Manager for GE Healthcare. He and his wife, Lesia, enjoy skiing and travel.

Tom L. Thompson (Secretary) is a native of Colorado, born and raised in Lamar, Colorado. He is a 1968 graduate of Colorado State University’s College of Forestry and Natural Resources with a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management. He had a 37-year career with U.S. Forest Service with assignments in Alaska on both Tongass and Chugach National Forests and the Pacific Northwest Experiment Station’s Institute of Northern Forestry. He also served for three years as Assistant Ranger on the Mt. Hood National Forest, five years as Ranger on the Willamette National Forest, and five years as Forest Supervisor of the Siuslaw National Forest. In Colorado he was Deputy Regional Forester for 12 years from 1989-2001 with responsibility for all National Forest and state and private programs in Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas. Tom also served in Washington, D.C., as a legislative staff assistant with responsibility for wilderness legislation from 1983-85 and then as Deputy Chief for the National Forest System with responsibility for all 155 national forests and 20 national grasslands and all National Forest programs and initiatives from 2001 until 2005. He is a past president of the Society of American Foresters and is now the president of the National Museum of Forest Service History. He serves on the board of the National Association of Forest Service Retirees, on the board of Rocky Mountain Forest Service Association, on the Leadership Council for National Forest Foundation, and on the Dean’s Council at CSU Warner College of Natural Resources. He is a member of the Forest History Society and served on the board of the Colorado Trail Foundation and as a member of the National Commission of Science and Sustainable Forestry. He and his wife, Kitty, have lived in Ken-Caryl Valley since 1989 and have three grown children and six grand-children.

Jim Lawrence is a native of Iowa and holds a bachelor’s degree in forestry from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa and graduated from the U.S. Army War College in 1991. Jim held Forest Service leadership positions in Nevada, Wyoming, Utah, Washington/Oregon, Montana, and Washington, D.C., before serving as the Rocky Mountain Region’s Director of Fire and Aviation Management. His last assignment was Deputy Regional Forester, Pacific Southwest Region. Jim retired from the USDA-Forest Service in 1998 after a nearly 35-year career. He later was selected as the first Executive Director for the Council of Western State Foresters and the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition and served in these positions from 2000 to 2004. He is a member of several community volunteer organizations, and served 13 years on the Civil Service Committee for West Metro Fire and Rescue. Jim and his wife, Arlene, are Ken-Caryl residents.

Keith McMillan has lived in Ken-Caryl for almost nine years. He is currently a captain for the Red, White and Blue Fire Protection District in Breckenridge and has been a firefighter for 18 years. Keith is qualified to take crews anywhere in the U.S. for wildfires and has been to Idaho, California, Oregon, Washington, Nebraska and New Mexico. When he is not responding to emergencies, Keith coordinates all Wildfire Home Hazard Assessments for his district and has taken several classes from Firewise. In his free time, Keith enjoys spending time with family and being active.

Other participating members include:
Chris Pacetti – Executive Director of the KCRMA
Gary Norton – KCRMA Open Space Liaison
Steven Orr – West Metro Fire
Allen Gallamore – Colorado State Forest Service

This article appeared in the Feb. 10, 2016 issue of Life at Ken-Caryl.

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