SMOKEY BEAR: FRIEND OR FOE OF OUR FORESTS? with Maureen Kennedy, UW Tacoma
After decades of fire suppression, land use changes, and with increasing temperatures associated with climate change we have recently experienced the largest and most destructive wildfires of our lifetimes. In this talk we will explore the science of how wildfires spread and how we might be able to mitigate wildfire hazard. We will consider whether the legacy of Smokey Bear is ultimately one of friend or foe to our forests.
Maureen Kennedy is an Assistant Professor at UW Tacoma in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. She obtained her PhD at UW Seattle in Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management. With scientists in the US Forest Service and other institutions across the country Maureen studies forest and fuels management, wildfire burn severity, and fire regimes in the present and in the future under climate change.