Webinar Series: Fire Ecology and Forest Resilience in the Pacific NW (8 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)
Embracing the diversity of roles that fire plays in shaping forests and preparing for a fiery future in the PNW
Dr. Brian Harvey, U of Washington
Summary: Fire is an essential force in shaping ecosystems throughout the Pacific Northwest— however, the ecological role and societal context of fire across the region is extraordinarily diverse. From the wet coastal temperate rainforests to the interior warm and dry woodlands, the historical, contemporary, and future relationship between forests and fire varies widely over time and space. In this talk, I will synthesize insights from the lineup of speakers in this series as well as present context about some of the key emergent fire ecology and management challenges and opportunities across the diversity of fire-prone forest ecosystems in the region. Some of these challenges and opportunities are shared with other ecosystems across western North America, while others are relatively unique to the Pacific Northwest.