Fire and Ice is a unique dinner and dialogue evening that will foster new ways of thinking about wildfire. It will feature a keynote presentation from Toddi Steelman, PhD, Stanback Dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. Following the presentation will be a cross-cultural dialogue with Blackfoot knowledge-holder, Travis Plaited Head from the Kainai First Nation on how values shape decision-making on managing large wildfires that cross communities and cultures.
When it comes time to making tough decisions about what to protect in the line of fire - what motivates our decisions? Our planning? Large fires that cross jurisdictional boundaries are predicted to be the new norm, but what drives decision-making when officials are faced with large wildfires that cross national, provincial, state and even cultural boundaries?
The evening will include a cocktail reception, cash bar and buffet dinner.
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The evening will include a cocktail reception starting at 6 PM, cash bar and buffet dinner at 7:45 PM. Dr. Steelman's presentation will take place over dinner followed by an engaging dialogue and Q & A during coffee and dessert. The program will end around 9 PM.
About the Speakers
Toddi Steelman - Dr. Steelman’s research spans many environmental and resource management issues, including forest management and planning. She is best known for her work on community adaptation to wildfires and how communities and agencies can interact for more effective wildfire management.
Travis Plaited Head - Travis is currently Executive Director of Sik-Ooh-Kotoki Friendship Society and Leader of the centuries-old Sacred Horns Society of the Blood Reserve. This society is an informal governance system that carries traditional authorities for various societies and their practices within the Blackfoot culture.