2012 was one of the worst years for wildfires in nearly half a century. Across the United States, more than 8 million acres burned--the highest average acreage consumed, per fire, since 2000. Many blame the effects of climate change, including increasingly severe heat waves and droughts, for creating more fuel to burn and longer wildfire seasons. Last year's Pagami Creek fire at the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area was just one example of this new era of larger, more destructive forest fires.
What does a worsening wildfire scenario mean for the economy and the environment? How does it relate to a rise in other natural disasters such as storms and floods? And what can be done to arrest the effects before they change the face of our planet irrevocably?
On February 7, join Regents Professor of Forestry Peter Reich as he examines the impact of global climate change on our terrestrial ecosystems and discusses the future of our boreal forests.