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2021 Williams Lecture
Planning for Wildfire-Resilient Communities in an Era of Uncertainty

Thursday, April 15, 2021 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

The Environmental Law Center at VLS is thrilled to welcome Molly Mowery, AICP, executive director of the Community Wildlife Planning Center, for the 16th Annual Norman Williams Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Planning and the Law.

Many communities across the U.S. face an increased threat of wildfire due to record-breaking heat, prolonged drought, and other climate change impacts. In addition, economic and social drivers such as shifting land use patterns are exacerbating vulnerable development conditions in wildfire-prone areas. This lecture will explore the challenges and opportunities of resilient land use planning policies, regulations, and other strategies necessary to confront wildfire hazard and help planners understand their role in taking action at the local, state, and national levels. While focused on wildfire, this lecture is also intended to broadly inform the larger discussion of planning for natural hazards within the planning profession.

Free and open to the public, this event will be livestreamed at No registration is required.

About the speaker:

Molly Mowery, AICP, serves as the Executive Director of the Community Wildfire Planning Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to support community wildfire risk reduction. She is also the founder of Wildfire Planning International, a land use and wildfire mitigation planning consulting firm that provides services to communities across North America. Throughout her career, Ms. Mowery has successfully launched and managed national wildfire programs, including the Fire Adapted Communities in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire program. She has also designed and delivered national trainings to educate land use planners and fire professionals including the first Wildland-Urban Interface Planning curriculum for the U.S. Fire Administration. Ms. Mowery is a certified planner and member of the American Planning Association (APA), she serves on the Sustainable Development Code Advisory Council, and is lead author of the APA Planning Advisory Service Report 594: Planning the Wildland-Urban Interface. Ms. Mowery holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Naropa University and a Master in City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Location: Virtual
Fees: $0
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