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Fire and the Wildland Urban Interface in the Eastern US

February 17, 2022, 12PM Eastern

Notions of fire and the wildland urban interface often bring to mind scenes from the western United States, where catastrophic wildfires have led to catastrophic losses. In contrast, mapping efforts have found that the vast majority of the WUI acres can be found in the eastern United States. This panel will talk about how wildfire, prescribed fire, and climate change intersect in the WUI of the east.
 
This discussion has been approved for 1.5 Category 1 CFE's by the Society of American Foresters.

Our panel

David Godwin

David Godwin

David is the director and co-principal investigator of the Southern Fire Exchange program with the University of Florida School Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences. His fire science research experience spans a variety of southern ecosystems and includes investigations of wildfire burn severity using remote sensing and studies of the impacts of prescribed fire and mechanical fuel treatments on southeastern U.S. forests and soil carbon dynamics.

Fernando Garcia-Menendez

Fernando Garcia-Menendez

Fernando is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University. For over 10 years, he has used computational modeling to explore air pollution, climate change, and environmental policy. His research focuses on developing tools to simulate interactions between environmental and human systems.

Steve Miller

Steve Miller

Steven is the Regional Director, Fire and Aviation with the USDA Forest Service, Region 9. Steven has feet firmly planted in both fire camps (suppression and prescribed fire) and is qualified as and ICT2, OSC2 and an RXB1. He is committed to preparing the next generation of land/fire managers and regularly travels to teach NWCG classes and is currently serving as an Adjunct Instructor for the University of Florida.

Miranda Mockrin

Miranda Mockrin

Miranda is a research scientist with the Northern Research Station who studies land use, combining ecological and social science. Her current research focuses on residential development and implications for wildfire management and forest cover, including mapping the growth of the wildland-urban interface (WUI) over time, examining community recovery and adaptation after wildfire, and studying the effects of forest conservation and residential development policies.

Gary Wood

Gary Wood

Gary started as the Southeastern Regional Coordinator for the Cohesive Fire Strategy after a 31-year career with the NC Forest Service. Gary has served as a County and District Ranger, Fire Dept Training Specialist, and Wildfire Mitigation Specialist/Firewise Coordinator. Gary is a Cadre member of the National Association of State Forester’s Complex Incident Management Course and serves as Co-Chair of the NC All Hazards Incident Management Team – Credentialing and Qualifications Committee.

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