WILDFIRE AND CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE KOOTENAYS CONFERENCE
Ecosystem Resiliency, Community Protection and Landscape Level Management
JUNE 26th - 28th 2018
PRESTIGE LAKESIDE RESORT AND CONVENTION CENTRE
701 Lakeside Drive, Nelson, BC, Canada V1L 6G3
Wildfires and climate change are realities in British Columbia and they can have dramatic impacts on our lives.
Addressing these issues requires a multi-level approach.
We will share the latest scientific research and initiatives from the Kootenays and the international arena regarding climate change, wildfire behaviour and why taking action at a landscape scale will result in a more resilient ecosystem.
Given the scope of the challenges, other topics include community emergency preparedness and steps that residents can take to deal with wildfire risks.
Join us in Nelson, British Columbia from June 26-28, 2018, to learn about local, national and international actions being taken to address wildfires and climate change.
Day 1 and Day 2 of this conference will feature multiple keynote presentations delivered to all attendees.
The conference will be divided into sessions focusing on relevant topics which will be delivered by professionals from each field. The sessions include the following; climate, response, emergency preparedness, carbon, land manager, resident toolkit, the big picture and more!
After the first two days, all attendees will together create a “Blueprint for Action” to be included in the summary report of the conference and distributed widely throughout British Columbia.
The final day of the conference will include a workshop for all attendees. We will break off into the licensee and community streams.
Licensees will participate in a half-day workshop focusing on wildfire impacts from the forestry industry’s perspective, an overview of timber pricing and smoke management, a look at funding opportunities, and discussions about increasing engagement. After this workshop, licensees will go on a field trip to the SIFCo community forest to look at different wildland-urban interface (WUI) treatment sites and carry on the conversation.
Community members will also participate in a morning session focusing on community fire management and then end the day with a site visit to learn about best practices they can implement in their communities and on private land.