Historical Society Offers Online Lecture By Craig Martin: Recovering From Wildfire

Family YMCA Youth Conservation Corps in Los Alamos Canyon courtesy Craig MartinA Family YMCA Youth Conservation Corps team working in Los Alamos Canyon. Photo by Craig Martin


The Los Alamos Historical Society’s May lecture is moving online. Join us via Zoom on Tuesday, May 19, at 7 p.m. to hear Craig Martin present “Recovering from Wildfire: A Twenty-Year Perspective of the Cerro Grande Fire.” This online lecture will explore how the community of Los Alamos responded to the loss of its familiar forest landscape and how those efforts jump-started forest recovery and led to a greater understanding of the role fire plays in the forests of northern New Mexico. 

The lecture is free, but registration is required. To register, please send an email to info@losalamoshistory.org.

This Zoom event is limited to the first 100 people to register, so sign up as soon as possible to reserve your space. After registration, you will receive an email reply with log-in information. We look forward to “seeing you” online!

About the speaker: There can be no one better to speak about the Cerro Grande Fire and its aftermath than Craig Martin. With his background as a biologist and forester, he organized the Volunteer Task Force to restore trails and educate the community about fire ecology. Martin’s work led to the restoration of several trails, the rebuilding of the Quemazon and Perimeter trails, replanting in the burned areas, and the creation of a nature trail guide. For these accomplishments, Martin was selected for the National Volunteer of the Year Award of 2001 by the Points of Light Foundation. He also received the Chief’s Award from the US Forest Service in 2002. Before coming to Los Alamos in 1987, Martin worked for the National Park Service, the Arizona-Sonoro Desert Museum, and taught science. He has authored several books and was named a Living Treasure of Los Alamos in 2013.

The Los Alamos Historical Society preserves, promotes, and communicates the remarkable history and inspiring stories of Los Alamos and its people for our community, for the global audience, and for future generations. More information about the Historical Society can be found at www.losalamoshistory.org. Stay up to date with the latest news from the Historical Society by following @LosAlamosHistory on Facebook and Instagram.