Wildfires have been growing increasingly expensive and deadly in recent years. This trend is being driven by a number of different factors, including growing population density along urban and wildland interfaces, warming global temperatures that are extending the fire season, and historical mismanagement of fire-prone lands. Long-term climate action may work to reverse some of the trends we are seeing, but those changes likely won’t be felt for decades to come. In the meantime, it is critical that we find solutions to address the shorter-term problems that are exacerbating wildfire issues, whether on private, state, or federal land.
What mechanisms influence wildfire management in the U.S.? This July, Pacific Legal Foundation, The Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University, and the Property and the Environment Research Center are joining forces for a research workshop exploring solutions to this increasingly pressing issue.
We invite proposals for research papers that add to the existing academic literature on the challenges surrounding wildfire management, policies that may be creating barriers to better outcomes, and solutions to those issues.
This event is invitation-only. To submit a research proposal for inclusion at the roundtable, see our Call for Papers. To request an invitation to the seminar as a non-presenting participant, please email Rachel Swaffer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Paper proposals are due by March 20, 2021.