IJNR Workshop: The Future of Wildfire

Event Date: 
April 19, 2018 to April 21, 2018

IJNR invites journalists to join us in Missoula, April 19-21, for a workshop exploring the ecological, economic, social, and public health impacts of wildfire, and discussing what the future might hold.

Participants will:

  • Hear from fire scientists about the latest research and modeling  - and how new breakthroughs are shaping our understanding of how fire behaves.
  • Talk with climate scientists about predictions and scenarios - are longer fire seasons and hotter summers the new normal?
  • Speak with public health experts about heretofore unprecedented smoke exposure in rural communities, how duration and density contribute to public health crises, and what can be done to mitigate these impacts.
  • Learn from economists about the financial toll of wildfires, on the federal, state, and local level.
  • Hear from community advocates who are educating the public about proactive steps they can take - from landscape maintenance to fire-savvy building techniques.
  • Meet with the firefighters and foresters tasked with battling fires - and trying to mitigate their severity before they even start. 
  • Visit with politicians and concerned citizens to hear about how wildfires are impacting communities.
  • Discuss what we as journalists can do better in our coverage of wildfire.
  • Get out on the landscape to see recently burned areas, forest management practices, and other related sites. 


Due to group size limitations, the workshop is open to the first 20 registrants.

The workshop will begin with a dinner on Thursday, April 19 and end by 5pm on Saturday, April 21.  IJNR will cover lodging on the nights of April 19th and 20th, as well as all meals during the program.

There is a $25 registration fee. 

Please note that staying overnight is not required for reporters within commuting distance.


To register, you will need to email a resume and one clip to contact@ijnr.org (we just need to make sure you're actually a journalist!).

The registration link will be sent to the first 20 qualified applicants who email us the above information, beginning at noon (MST) on 3/1. Early submissions will not be accepted.

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