Western ecosystems are adapted for periodic wildfire. A century of fire suppression, combined with drought and climate change, has resulted in a recent flurry of devastating wildfires. California experienced its hottest and driest years in the last two decades, as well as 15 of its 20 largest fires in the state’s history. In early November the world watched the state trying to manage the Camp Fire, which ended up being California’s deadliest and most destructive fire ever.
What role can forest and wildlands management play in combatting this new norm? This tour will discuss the role of forest and wildlands management amidst wildfire, insect and disease threats, with their related effects on public safety, climate change, clean water, and more resource-related values. Tour participants will travel to the San Bernardino National Forest, site of the Cranston Fire that burned in July 2018. National Forest Service staff members will provide an overview of California’s fire-adapted ecosystems, management history and current wildland conditions. They also will discuss fuels management within a mixed conifer ecosystem and reforestation. Reserve staff members and others will discuss the role reforestation and improved forest management can play in helping to manage future fires.
Estimated drive time: 4 hours
During this tour, participants will first head to Long Beach to explore the Aquarium of the Pacific to learn about its diverse marine science, climate change and conservation programs. The Aquarium is a leading resource of climate change education, especially on how climate change is affecting our oceans, marine life, and coastal regions.
The Water and Climate Change Adaptation tour will then head back to Los Angeles. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California delivers an average of 1.5 billion gallons of water per day to its 26 member agencies that serve 19 million people in Southern California. With a mission to meet present and future water needs in an environmentally and economically responsible way, Metropolitan is committed to operations and long-range planning that increase resiliency and are adaptive to change. Tour participants will visit one of Metropolitan’s control centers for a behind-the-scenes look at how a major urban water system is managed and talk with their resource experts on how Metropolitan is planning for climate change.
Note: this tour will utilize LA Metro for transportation
California’s Cap-and-Trade Program is the centerpiece of the state’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) and has served as a model for national and subnational governments around the world since its launch in 2012. This three-hour workshop will cover the basics of California’s Cap-and-Trade Program. Speakers will discuss how the program fits into AB 32 and SB 32, what developments are in the works under AB 398, timeframes established under the program, compliance entities and their obligations and basic market structure. The workshop is an excellent primer for people starting to learn about the program and a comprehensive refresher course for people wanting to brush up on their Cap-and-Trade Program knowledge.