“Era of Megafires” -- Portland, OR



“Era of Megafires” on Wednesday, April 11th from 6:00-9:00 pm

Register $5.00


Date / Time

Start Time: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 6:00 PM

End Time: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 9:00 PM


Name: World Forestry Center

City: Portland

State: OR



Last summer, fires in Canada, Washington, and Oregon blanketed the Willamette Valley and much of our region in smoke. For many residents, it wasn’t safe to breathe the air outside. Is this the new normal? How can we manage forests to reduce the number of megafires each summer? And what can cities do to protect residents when major fires burn just beyond our borders?

Dr. Paul Hessburg, a research landscape ecologist with Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station will explain why the number of megafires—fires that burn more than 100,000 acres—has increased over the past decade and what we need to know to make smart decisions about fire and land management in the future.

Dr. Hessburg will be joined by a panel of Oregon-based experts who will discuss what is being done on the local level to manage fire impacts.

The reception and presentation will be held at Miller Hall at the World Forestry Center. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available at 6 p.m. The talk will begin at 7 p.m.

This event is brought to you by The Nature Conservancy, The World Forestry Center, Oregon Forest Resources Institute, and City Club of Portland. The presentation was created by Paul Hessburg in collaboration with the United States Forest Service Northwest Research Station and North 40 Productions.



Paul Hessburg is a research landscape ecologist based at the Pacific Northwest Research Station’s Forestry Sciences Laboratory in Wenatchee, Washington. He studies spatial patterns and processes in landscapes, including those related to human activities and natural disturbances. He began working for the research station in 1985 as a plant pathologist, and holds a Ph.D. in forest pathology from Oregon State University.

Among his accomplishments, Hessburg has played a leading role in two major landscape assessment and science synthesis efforts that are exceptional in their scope and complexity: the Eastside Forest Ecosystem Health Assessment and subsequent Interior Columbia River Basin Assessment. These projects developed new, statistically valid measures of the natural range of variability in forest and rangeland spatial patterns that serve as a basis for detecting change resulting from human settlement and management. The work has helped improve the ways that forests and grasslands are managed in the western United States, in part by shifting thinking beyond the stand level to large landscapes.

Hessburg also has a long record of working with forest managers to address on-the-ground issues. In collaboration with the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, he pioneered a restoration strategy and a suite of landscape evaluation and planning tools that were implemented forest wide in 2012 and are being used today by several other national forests.

Contact Info

Rick Zenn

Email: rzenn@worldforestry.org

Phone: 503-488-2103

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