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Building Wildfire Resilience in the West: Addressing wildfire where it intersects with other key social issues | Session 3

Tuesday, July 21, 2020
12:30pm - 2:00pm PDT
Zoom Webinar
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About this series

Western landscapes have always burned and always will. The more we suppress fire and change the climate, the more catastrophic wildfires become. How can we make communities and wild lands more resilient in the age of megafire?

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Session objectives

This session provides a high-level overview of intersection points between wildfire and common current funding areas. 

  • Amplify intersection points between wildfire and key funder interests that include supporting frontline communities in securing affordable housing, protecting public health, and advancing policies and practices that sustain rural communities. 
  • Provide examples of innovative financing mechanisms to finance never-ending forest restoration work and economic development solutions linked to wildfire resilience



Hilary Franz

Commissioner of Public Lands, Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Elected in 2016, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz protects and manages nearly six million acres of public lands in Washington State – from coastal waters and aquatic reserves, to working forests and farms, to commercial developments and recreation areas. In order to restore wildfire resilience in the state’s forests, Commissioner Franz developed a 20-year Forest Health Strategic Plan. This plan will make more than one million acres of forest healthier and more resistant to wildfires – a scale and pace that is unprecedented.  And she has prioritized investments in the state’s rural communities, allocating millions of dollars to spark economic opportunities in struggling communities. 

Nick Goulette

Executive Director, the Watershed Center 

Born and raised in Maine and trained as a forester at the University of Vermont, Nick moved to California in 2004. Over the past 15 years, he has worked with the Watershed Center in Hayfork, taking over as Executive Director in 2009. He oversees programs focused on forestry, fire and fuels, watershed and fisheries, youth development, and natural resources policy. He operates at the local, statewide and national scales to advance policies and practices that sustain rural communities and working landscapes.


Zach Knight

Blue Forest Conservation 

Before working as a high-yield bond trader, Zach began his career at Merrill Lynch working in structured finance, derivative structuring and correlation trading. Zach is a seasoned financial engineer who left the Wall Street trading floors behind to pursue his passion for environmental investing. At Berkeley-Haas, Zach focused on sustainable investing and impact evaluation. 

Steve Frisch

CEO, Sierra Business Council 

Steve is President of Sierra Business Council and one of its founding members. Over the last 20 years Sierra Business Council has leveraged more than $100 million of investment in the Sierra Nevada and its communities through community and public-private partnerships.  Sierra Business Council also manages the Sierra Small Business Development Center focusing on advancing sustainable business practices and linking new and expanding businesses to climate mitigation and adaptation funding. 

Other events in this series

  • Session 1: The Megafire-COVID19 convergence Register > 
  • Session 2: Why Western forests are burning catastrophically Register >
  • Session 4: Catastrophic wildfire, water, and climate change Register >
  • Session 5: Catastrophic wildfire impacts on public Register >
  • Session 6: The economic opportunity in building wildfire resilience in the West Register >


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No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and SDG members and eligible non-members

SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
NCG & SDG members: Please contact [email protected] to register.
Non-members: Register online. If you do not have an SCG account, contact us.
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

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