Part One | Living With Fire - Eric Knapp
Ecologist Eric Knapp will discuss redesigning the near-home landscape to improve the odds of
wildfire survival based on his recent analysis of why some homes burned, and some didn’t during
the “Camp Fire” wildfire in Paradise, California. He will demonstrate how designers can use plant
selection, plant arrangement, prescribed burning, and other approaches to avoid denuding the
landscape in the name of fire safety.
Part Two | The Benefits of Cultural Fire - Margo Robbins
As Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Cultural Fire Management Council (CFMC), co-lead
for the Indigenous People’s Burn Network, and Yurok tribal member, Margo Robbins is uniquely
positioned to demonstrate the benefits of fire as a land restoration tool, and how controlled burns
can help protect communities from wildfire. In this presentation she will show how a community
group in northern California brought fire back to the land in a highly positive way.
Health, Safety and Welfare
Develop a better understanding of fire ecology of natural landscapes in the western US.
Learn the role of the near-home environment in wildfire structure loss and how to make a home more fire safe.
Learn about the benefits of fire as a
land restoration tool.
Learn how controlled burns can help
protect their homes from wildfire.
Eric Knapp & Margo Robbins
New Directions in the American Landscape