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Webinar | Wildfire Preparedness: Strategic Investments to Balance Risks

Tuesday, Jul 14, 2020 10:00 AM
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Webinar | Wildfire Preparedness: Strategic Investments to Balance Risks

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Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Fire season has begun in California and across the West. With climate change, fuel accumulation, and increased development in the wildland-urban interface, every year is now a high-risk year. But in 2020, the nation is also managing a pandemic, which has strained financial as well as other disaster preparedness resources at all levels. It is well known that up-front investment in preparedness and resilience saves money and lives. But how can federal, state, and local fire agencies best balance prevention and response, especially when all resources are constrained? And how will we leverage future resource allocations to ensure the highest‑priority, most cost‑effective programs and activities receive funding? Experts participating in this webinar hosted by the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment will discuss strategies for managing wildfire risks, including incentive structures, regulations, partnerships, and financing.


  • Chris Field: Director, Woods Institute for the Environment; Professor, School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University
  • Rebecca Miller: Doctoral Candidate, Emmet Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, Stanford University
  • Kelly Martin: Board Member, International Association of Wildland Fires; Chief of Fire and Aviation, Yosemite National Park (ret.)
  • Michael Wara: Senior Research Scholar, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University
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