2050: Will Wildfire and Wildlife Coexist?

On Tuesday, December 14th, 2021, Dr. Lori Daniels, Professor in Faculty of Forestry, UBC and Robert W. Gray, Fire Ecologist at R.W. Gray Consulting Ltd. presented on the topic of 2050: Will Wildfire and Wildlife Coexist?

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.

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