Tracie Bennitt is the co-owner of PaleoBOND and Dinosaur Brokers, LLC with her husband, John.
A graduate of Purdue University, she has spent the last 17 years in the paleontology industry. Nine years ago they joined forces with entrepreneur Bill Mason to take on the PaleoBOND legacy of problem solving and preserving fossils around the globe. They have mounted both original fossil and cast replica skeletons that are in museum, universities and private collections around the world.
Tracie and John reside in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with their mammals, amphibians and raptors.
On June 8,2002, a small fire started in a campfire ring in Pike National Forest by a forestry service worker during a fire ban that quickly blew out of control. Within hours the fire had spread. It was finally considered contained on July 18. This fire ended up being the largest fire in the state of Colorado at over 138,000 acres until the fire season in 2020 surpassed the totals. Over 600 structures were burned including 133 homes, 1 commercial building and 466 outbuildings.
Tracie and John were evacuated during this time. Supported by friends, Tracie started The Firefighters Fund to raise supplies and monies for the small volunteer fire departments in the area fighting the fire. This became the largest fundraising effort in her life and occurred pre-social media.
Their home survived the fire and they build dinosaurs there still today.
April 28, 2021
In this episode we are going to learn about humanity, courage, perseverance and fear in the midst of a wildfire, when have a conversation with a woman who in the midst of the largest fire in the state of Colorado at that time...