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Restoring resilient ecosystems, communities, and economies in complex terrain: the Western Klamath Restoration Partnership
July 23, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Thursday, July 23
CFE credit pre-approval is pending.
The Western Klamath Restoration Partnership (WKRP) has been working to maintain resilient Klamath ecosystems, communities, and economies guided by cultural and contemporary knowledge. Four decades of all too frequent megafires have greatly impacted communities and the instream and upslope habitats upon which they depend, but also created one of the most “skookum” regions in the West.
WKRP partners, including the Karuk Tribe, USFS, NGO’s, industry and environmental groups, through an intensive collaborative effort, have created a plan for restoring fire process at the landscape scale. By addressing the social, ecological, economic and cultural aspects of fire through multi-scalar strategies, the WKRP has built social license to utilize prescribed fire extensively in the Wildland Urban Interface through a shared risk model. Manual and mechanical thinning to create strategic fuel breaks allow for increased use of managed wildfire and larger scale prescribed fires, while protecting assets at risk.
In this webinar, WKRP co-lead Will Harling (Mid Klamath Watershed Council) will address the complex fire history of the Klamath Mountains, how fire exclusion and now climate change that have created the Perfect Storm for megafires, and the strategies developed by WKRP to protect communities and valued resources, maximize carbon storage, and restore fire process and indigenous fire management. Specific examples from the Somes Bar Integrated Fire Management Project that is currently being implemented on 5,600 acres of NFS lands will highlight how WKRP strategies are implemented on the ground.
This webinar will be recorded and available in the Guild’s webinar library after the live event.