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Wildfires and Humans in the Western United States: A brief history leading to our current (mal) adaptive state
October 18, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Scholarly Selections Talk: WILDFIRES AND HUMANS IN THE WESTERN UNITED STATES: A BRIEF HISTORY LEADING TO OUR CURRENT (MAL) ADAPTIVE STATE with Dr. Maureen C. Kennedy.
Maureen C. Kennedy, Assistant Professor in Quantitative Fire at University of Washington Tacoma, 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 a 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. FREE and open to the public.
A partnership of the UW Tacoma School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and the Washington State History Museum, the SCHOLARLY SELECTIONS series brings UWT scholars’ work to the public in an informal setting. Talks are held on the Third Thursday of the month when admission to the museum is free.