Living (Dangerously) in an Era of Megafires | Paul Hessburg | TEDxBend

Posted: July 13, 2017

Source: Tedx Talks

We have all seen the news–hotter summers, and bigger, badder wildfires. What’s going on? How did we get here? Paul tells a fast-paced story of western US forests–unintentionally yet massively changed by a century of management. He relates how these changes, coupled with a seriously hotter climate, have set the stage for this modern era of megafires. He offers clear tools for changing course, a sense of urgency, and a thought-provoking call to communityaction.

As an expert on forest landscapes, Paul Hessburg aims to understand why wildfires are getting bigger and hotter, and how they got that way. Hessburg has spent more than 3 decades researching changes that have taken place in the fire-prone western landscapes, what caused them, and how they differ from place to place. Along with a revved-up climate, these changes have created conditions ripe for the rise of what he and others call megafires. How do our forest management techniques affect the legacy we leave our children? Hessburg’s recent book, Making Transparent Environmental Management Decisions, offers compelling new insights into using modern-day decision support systems to plan forest restoration.

Paul Hessburg’s TED talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format, but a local community independently organized it.