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WILDFIRE SMOKE, OUR FORESTS AND YOUR HEALTH

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Join us for a Town Hall Seminar with the following presenters:

CONFRONTING WASHINGTON STATE’S WILDFIRE CRISIS
Hilary Franz, Commissioner of Public Lands

Elected in 2016, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz protects and manages nearly six million acres of public lands in Washington State – from coastal waters and aquatic reserves, to working forests and farms, to commercial developments and recreation areas. Commissioner Franz is committed to ensuring our public lands are healthy and productive, both today and for future generations. She is leading the push to make Washington’s lands resilient in the face of climate change, investing in carbon sequestration and clean energy with wind, solar, and geothermal infrastructure. As the leader of our state’s largest wildfire fighting force, she has pushed for new strategies, innovations, and resources to protect our communities. In order to restore wildfire resilience in our forests, Commissioner Franz developed a 20-year Forest Health Strategic Plan. This plan will make more than one million acres of forest healthier and more resistant to wildfires – a scale and pace that is unprecedented. And she has prioritized investments in our rural communities, allocating millions of dollars to spark economic opportunities in struggling communities. She knows that our working lands – and the communities that depend on them for family-wage jobs – are integral to our success as a state, and she is investing in their success.Hilary is a third-generation farmer and small forest landowner, and has raised three wonderful boys. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and a juris doctor from Northeastern University Law School.

AIR QUALITY ISSUES AND CLIMATE CHANGE IN WASHINGTON STATE
Dan Jaffe, PhD

Dr. Jaffe is a Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry at the University of Washington in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences (UWS) and in the School of STEM at the UW Bothell Campus (UWB). He is also the Chair of the Physical Sciences Division in the School of STEM at UW Bothell. He is an expert on atmospheric chemistry, mercury, ozone, urban and regional smog and long range transport of pollutants and the author of more than 150 peer-reviewed publications on these topics. Dr. Jaffe is widely recognized as an expert on global transport of pollutants, especially transport from Asia to the U.S. and has several papers on the influence of background sources on regional and urban air quality. Dr. Jaffe’s work has received much recognition including being named to the National Academy ofSciences’ panel on “Global Sources of Air Pollutants” and receiving the University of Washington Bothell’s first Distinguished Research Award. He started and is the Principal Investigator for the Mt.
Bachelor Observatory in Central Oregon, which is the only high elevation research station on the west coast of the U.S. His research has been supported by the NSF, NOAA, EPA, NASA, NPS, EPRI, API and other organizations.

AIR QUALITY AND HEALTH: LOOKING FORWARD
Michael Brauer, ScD

Dr. Michael Brauer is a Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at The University of British Columbia (UBC) and an Affiliate Professor at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. His research focuses on transportation-related and biomass air pollution, the global health impacts of air pollution and the relationships between multiple exposures mediated by urban form and population health. He has participated in monitoring and epidemiological studies throughout the world and served on numerous international, national and local advisory committees advisory committees. His contributions to environmental health have been acknowledged by a number of career achievement and publication awards.

Moderator: Robert McClure, InvestigateWest

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