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
Goals
  • 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.
Team
Leaders
Ryan Haugo
The Nature Conservancy
Jen Krenz
University of Washington
June Spector
University of Washington
Nick Wolff
The Nature Conservancy
Members
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
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
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
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
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
Karen Zirkle
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Advisors
Yuta Masuda
The Nature Conservancy
Ed Smith
The Nature Conservancy
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