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The Western Governors’ Association will host the webinar, Prescribed Fire: Smoke Management and Regulatory Challenges as part of the series for the National Forest and Rangeland Management Initiative.
Prescribed fire is a tool for land managers to address wildfire mitigation needs, combat invasive species and improve wildlife habitat. However, prescribed fire is often underused due to concerns about visible smoke, legal liability and possible effects on state implementation plans for air quality.
The webinar will look at challenges facing the use of prescribed fire and opportunities to expand the use of prescribed fire as an element of responsible land management. The discussion will include an exploration of the current regulatory framework, the intersection of EPA regulations and exceptional events criteria, how states have implemented best practices and models for prescribed fires, and increasing state engagement in the use of prescribed fire.
The webinar will be moderated by Mike Zupko, Executive Director, Wildland Fire Leadership Council. Panelists include: Pete Lahm, Smoke Manager, U.S. Forest Service; Mark Melvin, Chair, Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils and Mary Uhl, Executive Director, Western States Air Resources Council.