Society of American Foresters

Northwest Regions

Fix America's Forests: Ideas on How to Tackle the Wildfire Crisis

Summer is just beginning, but wildfires are already raging in the West. Large and destructive wildfires are becoming more common, with new records set almost every year. Although several factors contribute to this trend, a significant one is the declining health of our nation’s forests. The U.S. Forest Service, which manages 193 million acres of land, reports a backlog of 80 million acres in need of restoration and 63 million acres facing high or very high risk of uncharacteristic wildfire.

While improving forest health and mitigating wildfire risk will require long-term policy changes, forest restoration projects offer a way to address these issues in the short term. By promoting landscapes with healthy forests and diverse forest types, restoration projects can reduce the risk of megafires and provide other conservation benefits.

Join us as we explore how reducing regulatory barriers, encouraging private partnerships, and opening markets for wood products can help restore our nation’s forests.

The Fix America’s Forests panel discussion will be held virtually on Tuesday, June 22 at 10:00 a.m. (MST) with experts from PERC, Pacific Legal Foundation, and Blue Forest Conservation. Our panel of experts will be joined by Chris French, Deputy Chief for National Forest Systems at the U.S. Forest Service.

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Event date: 
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - 09:00 to 10:00