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The Slow Burn: Protecting Archaeological Resources During Wildfires And Post-Fire Recovery Efforts At Rocky Mountain National Park

Saturday, April 13, 2024 at 1:00 PM MDT

Joint General Meeting at Estes Park (IN-PERSON ONLY)


This special joint meeting between the Denver, Indian Peaks, and Northern Chapters will be held at the American Legion, Post 119 at 850 N. St. Vrain Ave, Estes Park 80517 (at the intersection of Highway 36 and Highway 7). After the meeting, attendees will have a guided tour at the nearby Estes Park Museum located at 200-4th Street, Estes Park 80517. Free parking is available at both locations. Please see the note below regarding food and beverages.


Speaker: Kelly Dick, Cultural Resource Program Manager/Supervisory Archeologist at Rocky Mountain National Park


Abstract: Managing cultural resources during a wildland fire event is challenging. This interactive presentation will provide an overview of the actions park archeologists took to protect archeological resources during the 2020 Cameron Peak Fire and East Troublesome Fire. The discussion will include examples of fire impacts to archeological sites and site-specific protection measures. The presentation will also highlight collaborative efforts between the Fire Program and the newly established Fire Archeology Program to implement proactive measures to better protect archeological resources during wildfire events.


Bio: Kelly Dick is the Cultural Resource Program Manager/Supervisory Archeologist at Rocky Mountain National Park where she provides stewardship for the park’s archeological resources, ethnographic resources, historic buildings and structures, cultural landscapes, and tribal relationships. Kelly is a lifetime learner and enjoys hiking, camping, and skiing with her husband and dogs.


Food and Beverage Note: The American Legion does not permit outside food or drinks in their facility (water is permitted). You can grab a bite to eat before the talk at a number of restaurants located just off of Highway 36. View on your Google Maps app here or view the map below:






Upcoming Events:


May 13, 2024 - Sarah Allaun, Assistant State Archaeologist will be presenting her rescheduled talk on the geological history of the Patten Creek Valley, Wyoming in the Hartville Uplift. This meeting will be held at 7:00 PM MDT at the Emery Archaeology Lab at History Colorado.


June 10, 2024 – TBA


July 2024 - No meeting is held. Meetings resume in August.


August 2024 - Annual Joint Meeting with the Egyptian Studies Society. Date to be determined.

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