The Council for Watershed Health has sought to continue convenings around local fire preparedness, defensible space, and environmental impacts of increasing fires. With significant investments in climate resiliency, now is the time to take stock of what we have learned from more frequent blazes, our current practices, and integrative solutions to ensure community and watershed health. The Symposium will consist of three days of expert speaker presentations, panel discussions, and poster sessions.
WILDFIRE: Weather, Water, Weeds, Wildlife Online event via Zoom. Each of the three webinars will consist of short presentations and moderated panel discussions by leading experts in Wildland Fire Research, Land Management, Air Quality, Water Quality, Flood Control, Weeds and Wildlife, Land Use Planning, and Utility Services.
The symposium will consist of the following:
- Examine agency/utility wildfire safety, mitigation measures, and resiliency planning for future fire-weather
- Learn about research focused on wildfire effects on water quality (sediment, contaminants) and water supply in our region and how we can improve our practices
- Discuss how forests, shrublands, and rivers are recovering or being impacted by invasive plants and biodiversity loss
- Understand how state and local agencies are preparing and responding to an increased threat of wildfire