SNAPP TEAM:Wildfires and Human Health
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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: The team integrates expertise in the conservation and health sectors to combine scientific evidence and stakeholder input to describe the relative human health implications of wildfires as compared to different forest restoration scenarios.  We will use existing data to conduct a representative analysis of relative health implications.  This will allow 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: NEW
Team Critical Challenge: Climate Resilience
  • Synthesize approaches of incorporating human health implications into forest restoration planning, based on best available evidence.
  • Produce a public report with guidance on how consensus driven, evidence-based approaches may be adapted for local contexts in the Western U.S., as well as other locations facing more frequent and severe wildfires as a result of land management and climate change.
  • Create a toolkit to help implementing organizations communicate and coordinate about the relative human health implications of smoke from wild and managed fires.
Ryan Haugo
The Nature Conservancy
Jen Krenz
University of Washington
June Spector
University of Washington
Nick Wolff
The Nature Conservancy
Yuta Masuda
The Nature Conservancy
Ed Smith
The Nature Conservancy
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