In 2022, the Forest Service released a report titled “Confronting the Wildfire Crisis: A Strategy for Protecting Communities and Improving Resilience in America’s Forests”. The report laid the foundation for how the Forest Service intends to leverage billions of dollars from the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, commonly known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law or BIL, over the next decade. Citing increasing wildfire risk to lives, homes, communities, and infrastructure and a need to improve the health and resilience of forests across the Western U.S., this new Wildfire Crisis Strategy set ambitious goals for increasing the pace and scale of fuel treatments, while using the best available science as a guide. This seminar is the kick-off for a series that will highlight some of the science from the Rocky Mountain Research Station that informed the initial framing of the Wildfire Crisis Strategy and that could continue to inform it as it evolves over the coming years. We will cover some background of how we got to where we are, a sampling of ongoing efforts related to the BIL or Wildfire Crisis Strategy, and an outline of topics included in the upcoming series of seminars.
This event is part of a series:
Fire Lab Seminar Series
The Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory has been hosting an annual seminar series since 1998. Hour-long seminars are presented by Fire Lab employees and other researchers from throughout the world. Seminars cover current research and management about the natural world from a broad range of disciplines, but most seminars usually have a wildland fire theme. The Fire Lab Seminar Series provides a platform for researchers and managers to present their work in an environment that encourages critical thought, the free exchange of ideas, and knowledge discovery. For more information, visit the Fire Lab Seminar Series page.