People can learn how to help the community be fire-safe and how to maintain the ecological and social values of local forests at an August meeting and open discussion with an expert in forest science, an environmental attorney, and local advocates for wilderness.
“Visions for a Fire Safe and Ecologically Sound Community” is a public meeting dedicated to open discussion. The free meeting is on Thursday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp.
The meeting has two objectives: to provide ecologically responsible and scientifically sound strategies for protecting the community from fire, and to challenge the U.S. Forest Service to update its process so they are more community-friendly and ecologically respectful, according to the organizers.
Presenters are Dominick DellaSala, a forest scientist and wildfire-management expert, and attorney Liam Sherlock, who’s an expert on the National Environmental Policy Act. Other presenters are local residents Ric Bailey, who will be representing the North Cascades Conservation Council (NCCC), and Michael “Bird” Shaffer.
DellaSala is the author of more than 300 scientific papers and books on forests, climate change, and endangered species. He’s given keynote talks at academic conferences and the United Nations Earth Summit.
Sherlock has been the lead attorney on more than 100 environmental cases. He specializes in processes for public involvement in federal actions. He is lead attorney in NCCC’s lawsuit challenging the Forest Service’s planned logging of the Twisp River watershed.
Shaffer is a lifelong Twisp Canyon resident and the star of daredevil skiing and paragliding adventure films. Bailey is a Winthrop resident and an advocate for protecting wild places, supporting sustainable forestry, and restoring ecological integrity on public lands.
Everyone’s questions, ideas, and insights are welcome. Refreshments and snacks will be served.