SNAPP TEAM:Wildfires and Human Health
What are consensus-driven, evidence-based approaches to identify and communicate the human health implications of wildfires versus ecological restoration-focused forest management, including managed fires?

This working group will collaborate with stakeholders to more fully incorporate human health implications from wild and managed forest fires into forest restoration planning and implementation in the Western U.S. The team will catalogue approaches based on the best available evidence and develop a consensus-driven, evidence-based approach to integrate human health considerations into spatial and temporal planning for forest management.  The team will also develop strategies for communicating and coordinating relative human health implications for stakeholders and policymakers involved in forest management and the mitigation of health risks from fire smoke.

 

Our Approach: Our team integrates expertise in the conservation and health sectors to combine scientific evidence and stakeholder input to evaluate the human health implications of wildfires as compared to ecological restoration focused forest management. We are using existing studies as well as novel modelling efforts to better understand the health implications of policies and practices related to forest and fire management.  This allows a grounded approach to develop products to support communication, coordination, and decision-making among stakeholders involved in — and affected by — forest restoration, including managed fires.

Team Status: COMPLETED
Team Critical Challenge: Climate Resilience
Key Products
Integration of Forest, Fires & Human Health

This document includes a progress report for the three SNAPP workstreams including the framework paper, the policy brief, and the health impacts assessment. It also lists all related presentations, spin-off projects and provides an overview of next steps.

Living with Fire: Collaborative Partnerships for Forest and Public Health

This article summarizes findings from two workstreams: 1) a synthesis of existing research by a transdisciplinary group of academics, scientists, managers, and practitioners in the fields of forest ecology, fire management, public health, and air quality resulting in a list of recommendations around integrating health and health equity considerations into prescribed fire planning for coastal western states, and 2) an analysis of policy leverage points for integrating public health and increased use of prescribed fire.

Learning to Live with Fire

This brief works to describe policy opportunities for integrating public health and prescribed fire planning in West Coast states and outlines policy recommendations through an interdisciplinary lens.

Wildfire, Smoke Exposure, Human Health, and Environmental Justice Need to be Integrated into Forest Restoration and Management

This paper in Current Environmental Health Reports represents the first clear consensus statements between public health and conservation sectors outlining practical steps to remove barriers from using fire for active forest management and simultaneously minimizing its impact on vulnerable human populations. See also the blog and news coverage of the article!

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Team
Leaders
Ryan Haugo
The Nature Conservancy
Jen Krenz
University of Washington
June Spector
University of Washington
Nick Wolff
The Nature Conservancy
Members
John Abatzoglou
School of Engineering, UC Merced
Ana Barros
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Jill Baumgartner
McGill University
Tania Busch Isaksen
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington
Pete Caligiuri
The Nature Conservancy
Craig Clements
San Jose State University
Alison Cullen
Evans School of Public Health, University of Washington
Savannah D’Evelyn
University of Washington
Stacy Drury
Fire and Fuels Program, USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station
Ernesto Alvarado
Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington
John Flunker
Dept. of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington
Julie Fox
Washington State Department of Health
Vanessa Galaviz
California Environmental Protection Agency
Gillian Gawne-Mittelstaedt
Partnership for Air Matters, Tribal Healthy Homes Network
David Grant
Washington State Department of Ecology
Keala Hagmann
Applegate Forestry, LLC
Sarah Henderson
School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia
Paul Hessburg
USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station
Blane Heumann
The Nature Conservancy
Sean Hopkins
Washington State Department of Ecology
Fay Johnston
Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania
Jihoon Jung
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington
Van Kane
College of the Environment, University of Washington
Eddie Kasner
Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center, University of Washington
Meg Krawchuk
Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University
Phil Levin
College of the Environment, University of Washington and The Nature Conservancy
Reese Lolley
The Nature Conservancy
Jamie Lydersen
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
James Markwiese
US Environmental Protection Agency
Miriam Marlier
University of California, Los Angeles
Julian Marshall
University of Washington
Charles Maxwell
Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, North Carolina State University
Andrew Merschel
Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University
Kerry Metlen
The Nature Conservancy
Kari Nadeau
Stanford University Medical School
Janice Peterson
USDA Forest Service
Haiganoush Preisler
(Retired) USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station
Susan Prichard
USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station
Mary Prunicki
Stanford University Medical School
Brian Robinson
McGill University
Claire Schollaert
University of Washington
Jens Stevens
New Mexico Landscapes Field Station, USGS
Leland Tarnay
USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region Remote Sensing Lab
Chris Tessum
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Carolyn Whitaker
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Joe Wilkins
Howard University
Leah Wood
University of Washington
Karen Zirkle
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Advisors
Yuta Masuda
The Nature Conservancy
Ed Smith
The Nature Conservancy
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