Fire Summit 2018

Forest Management in Relation to Fire

Feb. 15-16, 2018

WHAT  Bringing science-based options to policy discussions on using forest management practices to reduce catastrophic fire events in western forests. This two day event will begin with scientists and practitioners discussing factors contributing to, and driving current conditions, while also presenting potential pathways forward. The summit will conclude with elected officials, policy makers, and community leaders joining the discussion and will deliver science-driven actions aimed at enhancing management of forests that are important to western ecosystems and economies.

HOW  Panel-based discussions will be convened around themes developed in the Western Governors’ Association 2012 “National Wildland Fire Strategy” risk analysis report and “National Forest and Rangeland Management Initiative”:

  Understanding Fire and Living with It – State of the Science
  Fuels and Climate
  Ecological Conditions
  Health Issues in Fire Adapted Communities
  Ignition and Probability of Burns

Panels will focus on using scientific knowledge and practical experience to build shared knowledge among participants across a range of key elements. From there, participants will be able to collaboratively develop specific actions to inform future policy discussions about effective use of forest management on fire-prone lands. Key questions for discussion with respect to each of the five topics above include:

  Do we have a problem we can address or is catastrophic fire something we have to learn to live with?

  Are there options in our forest management toolbox that could reduce the problem?

  What is preventing us from doing the active management in our forests that could address the problem?

WHO  With the goal of moving from science to policy to practice, representatives of a wide range of disciplines and institutions from across the west will be participating. Relevant science and practical experience will be presented in ways to foster thoughtful discussion with elected leaders and policy professionals from key western states and the federal government. 

WHEN  February 15-16, 2018, in Portland, Oregon. The summit will include one day for discussion panels involving invited scientists and professionals, and a half-day the following morning for elected officials, community leaders and policy makers to join the discussion. 

DELIVERABLES  Summarized discussions, findings, and suggested actions addressing key opportunities will be provided to participants within two weeks following the session, recognizing majority and minority opinions from panels. A team-written white-paper will provide action items for consideration of elected officials and policy makers interested in building upon existing WGA initiatives.

Interested in participating?

Complete our Interest Form (coming soon) or contact: Becky Fasth via email or call 541.737.8431.