Wildfires in the West Panel Discussion

Wildfire burning evergreen trees

Wildfires in the West – Landscapes in Transition

Join Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed for a panel discussion on wildfires in the west. Hear from experts about how wildfire patterns are changing and what we can do to address the issues.

Tuesday, November 14 at Avogadro’s Number (605 S Mason St, Fort Collins)
Doors open at 5:00 pm, panel begins at 5:30 pm
Event is free and open to the public

Panel speakers include:

  • Michael Kodas, award winning photo-journalist & writer, and author of Megafire: The Race to Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame, published this summer. His work focuses on environmental issues including overfishing, deforestation, climate change, development and wildfire. His writing and photojournalism have appeared in the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The Denver Post, National Public Radio, The PBS Newshour, and Newsweek among many others. Check out a recent NPR interview with Michael Kodas about the wildfires in northern California here.
  • Dr. Tony Cheng, Director of the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute and Professor in the Department of Forest & Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University.  His primary research interest is in forest governance, policy and administration, with a focus on multi-stakeholder collaborative approaches to promote resilient social-ecological systems linked to forest landscapes.  In his capacity as director of CFRI, Tony oversees programs to develop, compile, and apply locally-relevant scientific information to achieve forest restoration and wildfire hazard reduction goals.
  • Bryan Karchut,  Bryan is currently the Fire and Aviation Staff Officer for the Arapaho and Roosevelt NF and Pawnee National Grasslands in Fort Collins, CO. Starting his fire career in 1994, Bryan has been actively involved as a member of Type 1 and Type 2 Incident Management Teams in the Rocky Mountain Region for the last decade. He is currently qualified as an Incident Commander, Prescribed Fire Burn Boss, Strategic Operational Planner, Structure Protection Specialist, and Safety Officer.
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