Webinar Series: Fire Ecology and Forest Resilience in the Pacific NW (7 of 8)
A Webinar Series by the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement and the Washington Chapter of The Wildlife Society
When: Thursdays from 11:30 am to 12:30 noon Pacific Time (US and Canada)
March 7, 2024, through May 2, 2024 (excluding April 25)
Practical applications of fire ecology and fire management in Western Washington
Presented by Todd Rankin, USFWS
Summary: As highlighted in many of the presentations thus far within this series, there are several challenges related to fire management and the ecological role of fire within many of the forest ecosystems in Western Washington. Large fire occurrence has been increasing in both frequency and magnitude within many of the wet, temperate forests on the west side. With over 20 years of experience as a fire manager for federal jurisdictions in Western Washington (NPS, USFS, USFWS), I will provide my perspective through personal observations related to changes occurring within the fire environment and implications to managing fires across the landscape. I’ll use case studies to highlight the ecological role of fire and observed fire effects on several fires within the Olympic Mountains as well as other fires I have supported through my work as a fire analyst. The intent will be to connect the various topics and conversations given actual fire events and outcomes that have taken place.