We divided the problems into humans and animals. We discovered that there were not that many WNC wildfires that caused the animal habitat destruction that we were hoping to find. “How could you create an emergency shelter for misplaced pets” was one thing she brought up that could be a problem/solution even though we have not encountered it, per se, here in WNC. Thus, some of these potential problems are things that MAY happen in WNC, but not necessarily something that DID happen. I know Sally hit a few roadblocks with research and Pascale was frustrated with research as well, as problems from WNC fires seem to be limited (lucky us!)
The human problems that we looked at and will, hopefully, vote on on Friday are:
- Erosion caused by trees burning. Could lead to mountain slides erosion could harm our water supply…
- Fruit trees burning. Thinking of Hendersonville and the farmers not having any income
- Smoke related problems for those with sinus/asthma
- Houses/shelter/hospitals burn.
- Defensible space -- How do we arm ourselves against flammable surroundings?
- Lack of electricity
- Lack of water/contaminated water
We did NOT get to the animal problems yet, as we ran out of time. Once we played our core values and had snack, then discussion time was limited as I had to leave, but I was very encouraged at how much they wanted to discuss water problems. (perhaps Tim’s notes were soaking in). Would be neat to steer (gently) in that direction as it is a current/real problem in WNC when dirt and ash end up in our watershed.
For Monday, we plan to continue discussion of problem and land on one (either human or animal) and also brainstorm solutions.
Homework: Look at the above human problems, find two that they like and research a possible solution, plus ALSO come in with 3 possible general animal problems.