Panel discusses the need for forest restoration to mitigate the risks of flood and wildfire
What: Community Water Forum
Who: A panel of experts including UBC researchers, Okanagan Nation Alliance representatives, and a wildland fire ecologist
When: Tuesday, November 19, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm
Where: Okanagan Regional Library, Kelowna Branch, 1380 Ellis Street
UBC Okanagan’s third annual Community Water Forum will host a panel of experts who will explore how forests and water interact and the role restoration can play in creating more resilient ecosystems.
Wildfires, floods, droughts, landslides, and damage done by the Mountain Pine Beetle have all had significant environmental and socio-economic impacts on communities throughout B.C. These cumulative effects threaten not only the quality and quantity of our drinking water, but other cultural, social, environmental and economic values as well.
- Assistant Professor Mathieu Bourbonnais, UBC Okanagan, LiDAR and remote sensing technologies; environmental and socio-economic impacts of wildfire
- Robert Gray, Wildland Fire Ecologist, fire science, management and operations; landscape level restoration
- Natasha Lukey, Okanagan Nation Alliance, Okanagan waterway restoration initiatives
- Professor Adam Wei, UBC Okanagan, forest hydrology; watershed ecosystems, cumulative effects of forest disturbance
The Community Water Forum is an annual event hosted by UBC Okanagan in partnership with the Okanagan Basin Water Board and the Okanagan Nation Alliance.
This public event is free, but registration is required: research.ok.ubc.ca/cwf