Wildfires in the West- Landscapes in Transition


Join the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed for a discussion about wildfires. Hear from experts about how wildfire patterns are changing & what we can do to address the issues. Discussion will be held at Avogadro's Number. Doors open at 5pm. Event is free and open to the public.

Panel speakers include:
Michael Kodas, the Deputy Director of the Center for Environmental Journalism in the University of Colorado’s College of Media, Communication and Information. He is the author of two books of investigative, narrative non-fiction, including Megafire: The Race to Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame, which was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the summer of 2017. His work focuses on environmental issues including overfishing, deforestation, climate change, development and wildfire. His writing and photojournalism have appeared in the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The Denver Post, National Public Radio, The PBS Newshour, Newsweek, the CBS Evening News, OnEarth, National Geographic New Watch, Mother Jones, and many other publications. He was part of the team at The Hartford Courant awarded The Pulitzer Prize and has been honored with awards from the Pictures of Year International competition, the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Press Photographers Association. His book, High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed, was named Best Non-Fiction in USA Book News’ National Best Books Awards of 2008, and was a question on the game show Jeopardy.

Dr. Tony Cheng, Director of the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute and Professor in the Department of Forest & Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University. His primary research interest is in forest governance, policy and administration, with a focus on multi-stakeholder collaborative approaches to promote resilient social-ecological systems linked to forest landscapes. In his capacity as director of CFRI, Tony oversees programs to develop, compile, and apply locally-relevant scientific information to achieve forest restoration and wildfire hazard reduction goals. 

Bryan Karchut, Fire and Aviation Staff Officer for the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest and Pawnee National Grasslands. Starting his fire career in 1994, Bryan has been actively involved as a member of Type 1 and Type 2 Incident Management Teams in the Rocky Mountain Region for the last decade. He is currently qualified as an Incident Commander, Prescribed Fire Burn Boss, Strategic Operational Planner, Structure Protection Specialist, and Safety Officer.