Over the past decade, the number of severe wildfires has been steadily increasing, driven by unnaturally high forest density and climate change. “Megafires,” wildfires that scorch over 100,000 acres, are especially dangerous. Not only are these record-breaking fires costly to put out, they also pose huge threats to water supply, wildlife, infrastructure, and communities that last long after the fire is extinguished.
Understanding megafires is the first step towards addressing them. That’s why Dr. Paul Hessburg, a research landscape ecologist with Pacific Northwest Research Station, partnered with North 40 Productions and the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center to produce a presentation that explains the dangers of megafires – and outlines a better way forward.
At this event, Dr. Hessburg will give his compelling presentation, “The Era of Megafires.” Afterwards, a panel of restoration and finance experts and practitioners will explain how better restoration finance and policy can lead to less severe fires in the future. They’ll highlight innovative solutions such as the Forest Resilience Bond – a new tool that allows the private sector to proactively funding forest restoration.
Opening Remarks: Dr. Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute