WildFire-CitySpeak-300x297With the smoke cleared for the moment, three wildfire experts will address trends, controversies, and possible management strategies for Oregon’s forests.

This CitySpeak forum is slated for Tuesday, October 27 at 6:30 pm.  Panelists include:

  • Prof. John Bailey, from OSU’s College of Forestry – his areas of research include forest health, wildfire ecology, and silviculture
  • Corvallis Fire Chief Ken McCarthy – he will speak to the blurring urban/wild land divide urban planning, and what property owners can do
  • Prof. Daniel Leavell, from OSU’s College of Forestry – he is a Fire Specialist

According to the Insurance Information Institute, 230,000 acres have burned in Oregon this year, and 40,000 residents were displaced.  The same organization disclosed its finding that Oregon is among 10 states at most risk for wildfires.

Among other topics, we will explore how bad wildfire seasons could get as the climate changes? If climate change play a role in making arson caused fires worse? And what forest management options are available.

How to Access CitySpeak Forums

Live on The Advocate’s website or Facebook page. Generous time is allotted for questions from the public. Video of the forum will be available right after CitySpeak adjourns for the night.

How to Submit Questions

Viewers can submit questions before and during the forum. Before the event, you can email cityspeak@corvallisadvocate.com, message us on social media, or just post your question on one of the social media posts of the event. During the event, you can still email or message us on social media, and you can also submit your question on the Facebook posting of the live event.

 CitySpeak forums are free to public, and are co-presented by City Club of Corvallis and The Corvallis Advocate. Sponsors include Peak Sports and First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op.


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