Citizens Planning Academy – September 2020

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Citizens Planning Academy - Sept 2

Wildfire – Risk is on the rise. What can you do to prepare?

Wednesday, September 2nd at 6 PM MDT. Free and open to the public.

Join us September 2nd as we continue with our 2020 theme Idaho’s Changing Landscapes with a focus on the wildland–urban interface (WUI) and wildfire preparedness.

Attend Online:

Join remotely from any internet-connected device. Email to RSVP. Meeting log in information will be shared via email.


Learn more about the series here or view past session videos on our YouTube channel.

About the Presenters:

Brett Van Paepeghem

Brett Van Paepeghem is a 4th generation Idaho native. He holds an AAS in Horticulture and BAS in Biology with specialization in Botany and Ecology from Boise State University. Brett has worked for the US Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. In June of 2014 he joined Idaho Firewise as the Southern Idaho Project Manager where he manages the BLM/CWI/IBG Firewise Garden and has collaborated with various agencies on the development of several new Firewise Demo Landscapes throughout Southern Idaho.

Tyre Holfeltz

Tyre Holfeltz

As the Fire Prevention & Risk Mitigation Program Manager at Idaho Department of Lands Tyre Holfeltz manages all aspects of the hazardous fuels reduction program and prevention program, which includes; grant training, writing, fiscal oversight, reporting and administration as it relates to authorities associated with the National Fire Plan and National Cohesive Strategy. He also provides technical expertise for wildland fire related issues within the Bureau and for cooperators and partners.

Deanna Smith 2018
Deanna Smith

As program coordinator for Idaho Smart Growth Deanna Smith coordinated wildfire preparedness workshops around the state. She has served on the East End Neighborhood Association Board of Directors since 1999, including five years as president. Deanna served as the field director for Neighbors Protecting Idaho, managed two successful city council candidate campaigns and served on the staff of several other electoral campaigns. Deanna earned her B.A. with an emphasis in education and planning from Evergreen State College in 1981.