Olympia City Hall
601 4th Ave E, Olympia
Climate Conversations will conclude with Effects of Wildfire and Climate addressing wildfires in western Washington featuring Josh Halofsky.
Josh is a research scientist with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Josh focuses on how natural disturbances, such as forest fires, can help inform forest-related management decisions. His talk will explore the past, present and possible future of Western Washington forests through a climate and wildfire lens. He will also discuss how our expectations for climate adaptation in these forests will differ from drier forests in Eastern Washington.
Background: A warming climate will change the frequency and intensity of rainfall events we experience in the Puget Sound region. Scientists project wetter winters with more frequent and extreme rain events typically caused by “atmospheric rivers”. These changes are expected to increase the volume of stormwater runoff entering Puget Sound waterways. Also predicted are dryer summers affecting our streams and salmon runs, and increasing the risk of wildfire.
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