Gary Gifford with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources will present on DNR Activities in the Deer Park Area September 26th at the Deer Park Rotary Club weekly meeting.

The attendees can expect to learn the following:

  • DNR’s role in fire fighting in the Deer Park Area,
  • What DNR does in this area beside fighting fires,
  • DNR usage of the Deer Park airport for fire fighting,
  • The closest DNR campground to Deer Park.
Deer Park Rotary meets weekly at noon, on Thursdays, at the First Street Bar and Gill banquet room, 122 W 1st Street, Deer Park, WA 99006.

Guy Gifford is Fire Prevention and Firewise Coordinator for Northeast Region and Land Owner Assistance Forester with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources

He started his wildland fire fighting career on a 20 person crew in 1984 for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). His Forestry career started in 1991 in the Spokane area for the DNR and he has worked in this area in numerous Forestry positions since then. Currently he is the Firewise coordinator for the Northeast Region which covers 6 counties and is a Land Owner Assistance Forester (LOAF) in Spokane County.

He strives is to help people reach their land management goals using sound science and a little bit of “art”. This includes helping make a forest resilient to fire, insect and disease. He conducts wildfire risk assessments using NFPA standards on individual homes giving recommendations on steps landowners can take to increase the chance of their home surviving the next wildfire.

For the Northeast region he reviews all new Firewise community applications and assessments. He also writes assessments and plans for new Firewise communities and gives numerous presentations on Firewise principles to the public and agencies.

During fire season he works on type 3 teams in information officer roles. In the Spokane area he is the field point of contact for local media on anything related to wildfires.

Contact information:

Phone: 509-990-6218 cell. 509-684-7474 region office Email: guy.gifford@dnr.wa.gov Website:www.dnr.wa.gov

225 S. Silke Road Colville, WA 9911

Deer Park Rotary typically has several speakers each month and welcomes non-member visitors to their weekly meetings. Lunch with beverage is provided by First Street Grill during the meeting at $13.00 per person from two lunch choices. Deer Park Rotary meets weekly at noon, on Thursdays, at the First Street Bar and Grill banquet room, 122 W 1st St., Deer Park, WA.