FOR POLICY MAKERS ONLY
Last November, two devastating fires swept through parts of both Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. The Woolsey Fire burned almost 100,000 acres of land in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. It destroyed 1,643 structures, tragically killed three people, and prompted the evacuation of more than a quarter million people. At the same time, the Hill Fire burned 4,351 acres throughout Ventura County. Unfortunately, these destructive wildfires have become common occurrences and devastated our local mountains, forests, communities, and neighborhoods.
Following our collaboration on drought resilience with Australian policymakers, TreePeople is holding a “Building Fire Resilient Homes and Communities: Innovations and Lessons from Australia” symposium for policymakers, elected officials, and others involved in creating fire resilience–particularly those engaged with zoning and planning, community preparedness, on-site water and vegetation management for fire resilience. Australia has been dealing with climate-enhanced extremes for over a decade and a half, and they will now share their successes and challenges in implementing Best Management Practices so we can learn from their experiences to further fire resiliency in Southern California.
TreePeople has invited Craig Lapsley, former Emergency Management Commissioner of Victoria (AUS), to share lessons learned from their devastating “Black Saturday Bushfires” of 2009. Mr. Lapsley will present practical and applicable modifications in building design and zoning codes, on-site water capture, vegetation and fuel management, and building resilient communities to increase fire safety and resiliency. Additionally, guests will be able to hear from a panel of local experts discussing the topics of local resilience, sustainable architecture, as well as water and vegetation management for an interactive Q&A session.
Please RSVP early. Feel free to share this invitation with colleagues and contacts in the fields noted above, but please also note that space is limited and for policy-makers only.
Lunch will graciously be provided by The Australian Consul General, Los Angeles.
For further information, please contact Antoine Kunsch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Symposium is presented in partnership with: