Wildfire Experts to Talk Trends, Management, Controversies

  How bad will wildfire seasons get as the climate changes? Does climate change play a role in making arson caused fires worse? What, if anything, can be done in terms of forest management?    

These questions, and many others, will be discussed by area experts at our next CitySpeak forum, scheduled for Tuesday, October 27 at 6:30 pm.  Panelists include:  

  • Prof. John Bailey, from OSU’s College of Forestry – his areas of research include forest health, wildfire ecology, and silviculture 
  • Corvallis Fire Chief Ken McCarthy our local department is known throughout the Pacific Northwest for its strong volunteer program that has mentored dozens of future firefighters who have gone on to serve communities around the country 
  • Daniel Leavell, OSU College of Forestry Associate Professor, Fire Specialist 

According to the Insurance Information Institute, 230,000 acres have burned in Oregon this year, and 40,000 residents were displaced.  The same organization disclosed its finding that Oregon is among 10 states at most risk for wildfires.  

How to Access CitySpeak Forums 

Live on The Advocate’s website or Facebook page. Generous time is allotted for questions from the public. Video of the forum is available right after CitySpeak adjourns for the night.  

How to Get a Question Submitted 

Viewers can submit questions before and during the forum. Before the event, you can email cityspeak@corvallisadvocate.com, message us on social media, or just post your question on one of the social media posts of the event. During the event, you can still email or message us on social media, and you can also submit your question on the Facebook posting of the live event.  

CitySpeak forums are free to public, and are co-presented by City Club of Corvallis and The Corvallis Advocate. Sponsors include Peak Sports and First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op.