University of Montana researchers lead community discussions on wildfire

  • Source: Ravalli Republic
  • Published: 02/14/2020 02:14 AM

Moving fireworks from July to January” was one tongue-in-cheek creative solution to reducing wildfires in the Bitterroot Valley that was offered on Wednesday. Community leaders from a variety of agencies met with researchers from the University of Montana to share their positive and negative experiences, perceptions and challenges of their involvement with wildfire. The topic of discussion at the Bedford Building was about how people interact with the natural world, natural resources and wildfires. Alexander Metcalf, Assistant Professor of Human Dimensions, Department of Society and Conservation at The W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, and his team of researchers and students came to interact and listen. “The project that brings us here today is focused on how communities like yours and ecosystems are affected by response to wildfire,” he said.


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