Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges March membership meeting with featured guest speaker and fire ecologist Lisa Saperstein.
How will wildfire affect refuges in a changing climate? Wildfire was always a major driver of habitat change in much of Alaska but last summer was one for the record books in terms of the number of people impacted by smoke, road closings, activity cancellations and fear for life and property. Scientists and managers are scrambling to understand what Alaska will look like in the future with predicted increases in fire occurrence and to figure out how to manage fire with a changing climate. Lisa will give an overview on fire in Alaska from fire history and habitat changes to current research topics and refuge projects to reduce risks. UAF Fire scientists, Randi Jandt and Alison York, and Kenai area Fire Manager, Kristi Bulock, will be online to provide more discussion and a local perspective.
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