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Biology Seminar Series: Dr. Catrin Edgeley, School of Forestry, Northern Arizona University

February 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm MST

Moving Towards Fire Adapted Communities: Case Studies from Socially Diverse Populations Across the Western US


Efforts to improve human adaptation to wildfire in landscapes that frequently experience or depend on fire have become a central focus of wildfire social science research over the past decade. The term “fire adapted communities” is increasingly prevalent at a range of scales across the western US as interest in wildfire risk reduction gains traction with residents, managers, and policy makers. However, many existing efforts to foster fire adapted communities overlook the social diversity of at-risk populations, often favoring heavily structured or top-down approaches to determine how communities should mitigate for, respond to, and recover from wildfire at the local level. This seminar explores a series of case studies from communities across several states, examining how unique local contexts translate into support or opposition for various approaches to fire adaptation. These case studies reveal challenges and opportunities for the establishment of fire adapted communities, and highlight the importance of understanding how residents and professionals interact with one another in shared landscapes before determining appropriate strategies for “living with fire.”

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Meeting ID: 995 1967 8020
Passcode: 7b305q