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Climate, Megafires, and Conservation Financing

Join a presenter panel convened by the USDA Webinar Portal for Climate Science for a discussion on how climatic changes can influence wildland fire activity across the globe and how these critical fire weather variables have changed over the last 40 years.

These changes in key weather variables have combined to both lengthen the fire season and increase the fire weather severity within the fire season. With more area burned each year, the Forest Service is exploring innovate ways to finance conservation and restoration work. The Blue Forest Conservation’s Forest Resilience Bond invests in restoration projects that protect forest health, mitigating both wildfire and drought risk. Contracting with both public and private beneficiaries to monetize the multifaceted benefits of forest restoration, the Forest Resilience Bond creates value for a diverse set of stakeholders (including the US Forest Service, water and electric utilities, private water-dependent companies, state governments, and insurance companies).


Cynthia West - Director, Office of Sustainability and Climate, USDA Forest Service
Shawna Legarza - Director, Fire and Aviation Management, USDA Forest Service
Matt Jolly - Research Ecologist, Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service
Jacqueline Emanuel - Director, National Partnership Office
Zach Knight - Managing Partner, Blue Forest Conservation

Pre-registration is not required. Visit this page for more details and information on how to join the webinar