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Fire in the West

Scholarly Selections

October 18, 2018 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Wildfires and Humans in the Western United States: A Brief History Leading to our Current (Mal)Adaptive State

FREE and open to the public

Assistant Professor in Quantitative Fire at University of Washington Tacoma, Maureen C. Kennedy, will explore why wildfires are an important component of natural systems, and how eventually in any location where there is available fuel a fire will happen. She will provide brief tour of wildfire and human interactions in the Western US: Native American fire use, early Euro-American settlement, the era of Smokey Bear and fire suppression, and the current state of forest management and policy-making in the United States. We will explore how current decision-making around highly salient wildfire events can be considered mal-adaptive, and we will contemplate a possible future where human beings learn how to coexist with wildfire.

This program is part of our Scholarly Selections series, a partnership with UW Tacoma. Scholarly Selections offers discussions led by UW Tacoma faculty, held on Third Thursday, when admission to the museum is free.