Western Wildfire Conference A Conference on communities, forests and wildfire
10 – 13 April, 2013, Kelowna, BC, Canada
The objective of the Western Wildfire Conference is to discuss and explore past fire catastrophes, lessons learned and strategies for the future. A headline scan from Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest over the past ten years clearly demonstrates that wildfire hazards are increasing in our wildland-urban interfaces. We invite all levels of government, First Nations, fire chiefs, emergency planners, regional development officers, forest professionals, tourism and recreation operators, utility managers, ecosystem consultants, equipment suppliers, researchers, insurance agents and the general public from Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest who are impacted by wildfire to attend our event.
The Western Wildfire Conference takes place April 10 – 13, 2013 in Kelowna, B.C., the epicenter of the province’s Firestorm 2003. We will look back over the last ten years at the strategies implemented, the research done, the lessons learned and the challenges that remain in reducing the wildfire threat to communities in Western Canada and the United States. Experts from Canada, the U.S. and Australia will present their observations, research and experiences.
Panel sessions will include international perspectives on wildfire, effective home defense in the wildland-urban interface, forest fire and fuel management, perspectives on insurance and risk, treatment costs and the economic potential of bio-energy, community acceptance of wildfire treatments and the politics of forest fire policy.