Thursday, April 25, 2019 6 to 8 p.m.

The 2019 John Winthrop Civic Forum


Please join us April 25 for our 2019 John Winthrop Civic Forum presentation, Red Flag Warning: The Role of Fire in a Changing Climate, featuring Robert Bonnie.

Thursday, April 25 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Charleston Yacht Club, Flag Room
17 Lockwood Drive, Charleston, SC 29401

The event is free and open to the public. You can RSVP here.

Nothing is more emblematic of the human power struggle with the natural world than fire. When controlled, fire is a critical and important tool in managing valuable ecosystems like southeastern longleaf pine forests—promoting biodiversity, wildlife habitat, wood quality, and controlling competition, disease, and pests. When out of control, catastrophic wildfires pose serious threats to people, property, and natural resources. With sweeping, destructive fires often dominating the news headlines, it appears that the challenge of managing fire is becoming more difficult with every passing year.

Robert Bonnie, a Duke University Rubenstein Fellow and former Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will join us in Charleston to discuss the perception versus the facts about forest fires.

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Robert will focus on the unique role that Southern foresters and forest owners have played in promoting prescribed fire as an important safety and forest management practice. Managing fire and threatened landscapes in the face of suburban growth and climate change requires a nonpartisan effort to relinquish long-held ideology in favor of a collaborative and pragmatic approach to land management, development, and climate policy.


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