Skyrocketing prices and a limited supply of homes are two of the biggest drivers that have pushed residents away from cities and further into the rural transition zones between human development and unoccupied land known as the wildland-urban interface or WUI. The natural vegetation of these areas, especially in combination with drought and inattentive land management, creates a tinderbox that can lead to catastrophic wildfires in places like the Western United States, Australia and elsewhere. What policies can be implemented to protect the tens of millions of homes that are at risk and minimize the impact of wildfire disasters?
- Ron W. Goode / Tribal Chairman, North Fork Mono Tribe
- Rhea Suh / Former President, NRDC
- Kate Gordon / Director, California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
- Abrahm Lustgarden / Senior Environmental Reporter, Pro Publica