Fire Summit 2018

Forest Management in Relation to Fire

March 1-2, 2018


WHAT Build upon Western Governors’ Association initiatives with state-of-the-art science focused on identifying viable forest management practices that could help reduce impacts of catastrophic fires across the west. On day one, panel discussions will highlight what science is telling us about contributing factors and key roadblocks to enhancing forest management in fire prone areas, and specific actions that could make a difference. On the second day, key policymakers, community leaders and elected officials will be engaged to discuss potential actions that are grounded in science and address specific areas of concern.

HOW Panel-based discussions will be convened around themes developed in the Western Governors’ Association 2012 National Wildland Fire Strategy risk analysis report and 2017 National Forest and Rangeland Management Initiative. Discussion will first center on the broad theme of “Understanding Fire and Living with It – State of the Science,” and then move into simultaneous thematic discussions roughly aligned with the framework of the WGA initiatives: These will include:

  • Managing for Landscape Resiliency
  • Fire Adapted Communities
  • Effective Responses

Panels comprised of scientists and land managers from across the west will focus on using scientific knowledge and practical experience to build shared knowledge among participants across a range of issue areas in the context of the role of forest management in fire prone areas. Panel participants will then work to identify specific actions grounded in established science that could inform future policy discussions in different forums. Key questions for discussion with respect to each of the topics above include:

  • We have a problem: catastrophic wildfire is an economic and ecological challenge not being satisfactorily addressed using present approaches. What do we live with and what do we need to change?
  • How do we develop and deploy appropriate options in our forest management toolbox to address these problems?
  • How do we overcome obstacles to effectively use forest management tools in at risk communities and ecosystems?

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 March 1-2, 2018, in Portland, OR. 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 strategically building upon existing initiatives.

REGISTRATION RSVP is required to attend the March 2 session: register here. Attendance at the March 1 session is by invitation only. For questions, contact Becky Fasth at or (541) 737-8431.