Dr. Lori Daniels, Professor in Faculty of Forestry, UBC and
Robert W. Gray, Fire Ecologist at R.W. Gray Consulting Ltd
Wildfire is an essential process in forest ecosystems, but can be incredibly destructive in the wildland-urban interface, as we experienced again during the 2021 fire season. Wildfire is driven by climate, weather and fuels that vary among ecosystems and through time. Combined, land-use change, fire exclusion and global warming have made many forests highly susceptible to intense fires that are difficult to control and spread to large sizes. Revolutionizing forest and fire management will improve ecosystem resilience to climate change, but we will not stop future fires from burning. Successful adaptation must also include individuals and communities learning how to coexist with wildfire.
Please note that the webinar will be recorded and made available on YouTube as well as shared with all registrants.