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Apr 2 2024 | 2:00pm PST

Webinars, Seminars and Presentations

Abstract: Prescribed fire has undergone major transformation in California over the last decade or two, evolving from a mostly agency-led practice with limited visibility to a statewide grassroots movement, engaging and being led by a diversity of partners, including NGOs, ranchers, Indigenous practitioners, and other community leaders. This movement has been simultaneously organic, bubbling up at the local level, and impressively strategic, pairing local community organizing with state-level liability changes, new qualifications pathways for practitioners, and major investments in cutting-edge concepts, like the state’s $20 million Prescribed Fire Claims Fund. The change during this period has been monumental, representing an evolution in the way we think about and implement prescribed fire in California, but it also represents a revolution—the result of a groundswell of passion, purpose, and pressure from the most affected communities. This presentation will share insights on California’s prescribed fire evolution/revolution, and reflect on where it might go from here.

Presenter: Lenya Quinn-Davidson is the Fire Network Director for the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources. Lenya’s focus is on the human connection with fire, and increasing resiliency of California’s landscapes and communities. Lenya works at various scales, including locally with private landowners and communities members; at the state level, where she leads UCANR’s Fire Network and collaborates on policy, research, and community-based burning; and nationally/internationally, through her leadership on Women-in-Fire Training Exchanges (WTREX). Lenya is passionate about using fire to inspire and empower people, from ranchers and scientists to agency leaders and young women, and everyone in between.