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Forests, Fires, and People
The western United States has entered a new era of wildfires, no longer limited to a single distinct “season,” but rather a year-round burn regime due to hotter, drier conditions and increased human settlement in wildland areas.

Fire management is a complex societal question inextricably linked to science, policy, and culture. The reality of living with bigger, more destructive blazes brings challenging tradeoffs around regulation, jurisdiction, risk tolerance, funding, mitigation, and forest health. How can stakeholders better work together to create sustainable and equitable solutions for all?

March 22: Kindling & Sparks
Examining the history of Western forests and fire management as well as the current science around climate change and the genesis of larger and more frequent blazes.

March 29: The Historic Fires of 2020
Hear firsthand perspectives on the causes, impacts, and real-time decisions made around Colorado’s catastrophic 2020 fire season, along with an update on the recovery and a preview of what actions might be taken going forward.

April 5: The Human Element
A discussion of fires’ effects on people, from their homes to their health to their sense of cultural identity. We’ll also explore historical inequities in aid and hear Native/Indigenous perspectives on managing and living with fires.

April 12: The Future of Western Wildfire
Where to from here? Talking barriers, solutions, jurisdictional concerns, funding resources, and the application of the best-available science and information to develop fire management practices.

Forests, Fires, and People is presented by the Institute for Science and Policy and the Center for Collaborative Conservation, in partnership with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, the Southern Rockies Fire Science Network, the Colorado State Forest Service, and the Climate Adaptation Partnership.
Apr 12, 2021 05:00 PM
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