Wildfires in the West: State of the West Symposium
Description: Wildfires have burned in the American West from time out of mind, well before humans entered the region. But recent years have seen an unprecedented explosion in the size and number of fires. They have scorched millions of acres, claimed thousands of lives, inflicted billions in property losses, spewed tons of carbon into the atmosphere, and polluted the air for millions of westerners. This symposium will address the causes and costs of western wildfires, and will explore possible futures for regional fire-management.
Panelists: Kimiko Barret – Research and Policy Analyst, Headwaters Economics
Kari Nadeau – Director, Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research
Stephen Pyne – Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University
Wade Crowfoot – Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency
Hilary Franz – Commissioner, Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Jared Polis – Governor, State of Colorado