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AGI Free Webinar - Adapting Wildfire Management to 21st Century Conditions

When: May 16, 2018

Where: Online (free)



Email: Leila Gonzales at


The combination of frequent droughts, changing climate conditions, and longer fire seasons along with urban development expansion into wildland areas has resulted in more difficult conditions for managing wildfires. Over the last several decades, the size of wildfire burn areas has increased substantially and nine of the 10 years with the largest wildfire burn areas have occurred since 2000. Wildfires are causing more frequent and wider-ranging societal impacts, especially as residential communities continue to expand into wildland areas.  Since 2000, there have been twelve wildfires in the United States that have each caused damages exceeding a billion dollars; cumulatively these twelve wildfires have caused a total of $44 billion dollars in damages. As of 2010, 44 million homes in the conterminous United States were located within the wildland-urban-interface, an area where urban development either intermingles with or is in the vicinity of large areas of dense wildland vegetation. These challenging conditions present a unique opportunity to adapt existing wildfire policy and management strategies to present and future wildfire scenarios.


This 1-hour AGI Critical Issues webinar will explore recent trends in wildfires and changes in contributing factors / drivers of these hazards; examine different wildfire policy and management strategies and how they apply to different ecosystems; and feature case studies of wildfire policy and management strategies in the western and eastern states, with a discussion of lessons learned from these events.


Speakers are:


Tania Schoennagel, Ph.D., Research Scientist, University of Colorado-Boulder, INSTAAR

David Godwin, Ph.D., Southern Fire Exchange / University of Florida

Vaughan Miller, Deputy Chief, Ventura County Fire Department


Note: This webinar will take place on May 16th, 2018 at 1 PM EDT (10 AM PDT) and will last for one hour. A video recording of the full webinar will be made available online within one week of the live event. If you are interested in the webinar but unable to attend live, please register and we will e-mail you once the recording is available.


Free webinar with option for Continuing Education Units

This is a free webinar. If you would like to obtain Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) for attending this webinar, please select the appropriate AIPG CEU fee (see below) on the registration page.


Event Fee(s)

Webinar Registration $ 0.00


0.1 AIPG CEU (Professional) $ 50.00

0.1 AIPG CEU (Student) $ 20.00

0.1 AIPG CEU (College Class - up to 20 students) $ 100.00

0.1 AIPG CEU (Professional Group Rate - up to 10 registrants) $ 250.00