Forestry and Wildfire Panel Discussion

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SACOG’s Land Use and Natural Resources Committee recently hosted a panel of forestry experts to begin to address concerns regarding the impact of recent wildfires on air quality and emissions in the SACOG region.

Panelists included:

  • Nic Enstice, Regional Science Coordinator, Sierra Nevada Conservancy
  • Tim Howard, Regional Timber Appraisal Specialist, US Forest Service
  • Shelby Livingston, Climate Investments Branch Chief, California Air Resources Board
  • Mark Luster, Community Relations Manager, Sierra Pacific Industries
  • Stewart McMorrow, Deputy Chief Forestry Assistance, California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection
  • Trent Procter, Air Quality Program Manager, US Forest Service

In the SACOG region, the most noticeable impact of these fires is air quality and related health risks. Less obvious, but as important are impacts on the region’s water supply, recreation industry, timber industry, and habitat and ecology. SACOG will continue to pursue opportunities to address forestry and wildfires through the Rural-Urban Connections Strategy program.