About this event
With worsening drought conditions and wildfires already starting, the Bay Area is at a tipping point. Everyone is anxiously bracing for what is coming—and asking what we can do to be safe and better prepared.
Greenbelt Alliance is driving bold action and creative solutions urgently needed to prepare and protect our communities from another extreme wildfire season. At this event, we will share breakthrough findings for how the Bay Area can accelerate greenbelts—open spaces, working lands, green zones inside communities, recreational greenways—as nature-based solutions to build resilience. This analysis includes detailed recommendations for concerned residents, leaders, and advocates to leverage greenbelts that will reduce wildfire risk.
We invite you to this virtual launch where we’ll share the key findings and recommendations from our original research: The Critical Role of Greenbelts in Wildfire Resilience.
During this event, we will discuss the powerful, yet currently overlooked role of greenbelts in the work ahead with a diverse panel of experts leading the charge in wildfire planning in their respective fields:
- Melanie Parker, Deputy Director of Sonoma County Regional Parks;
- Misti Arias, General Manager of the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District;
- Dr. Michael Medler, Professor, Chair, Environmental Studies at Western Washington University;
- Dr. Timothy Ingalsbee, Ph.D., Executive Director of Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics and Ecology, and former wildland firefighter for both the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service;
- Moderated by Sarah Cardona, Deputy Director of Greenbelt Alliance.
The clock is ticking on wildfire season. We have done the research and have a new view on what to do, and why greenbelts and land management can urgently help. Attend this virtual event to learn more about how we can work together to keep our communities safe.