Managing Urban Natural Areas for Fire and Other Threats

Panel Dialogue

This panel dialogue will discuss managing urban natural areas to protect them from fire and other threats. Panelists will focus on creating resilient communities and landscapes, sharing strategies for reducing the risk of wildfires through forest management and community engagement, and exploring the vital role that natural areas play in mitigating the impacts of climate change in urban landscapes.


  • Identify the major risks to natural areas associated with climate change and develop strategies for mitigating those risks.
  • Recognize effective forest management and community engagement strategies for reducing the risk of wildfires.
  • Outline a prioritization scheme for natural area management projects based on climate-driven wildfire risk and other factors.
  • Discuss cross-jurisdictional and partnership frameworks for managing natural areas and promoting resilient communities.
  • Discuss urban natural areas and their role in mitigating the impacts of climate change.


Shelly Miller

Supervisor, Ecological Services and GIS Teams, Eugene Parks and Open Space

Sarah Kevorkian

Project Manager, Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA)

Rachel Felice

City Nature Manager, Portland Parks & Recreation

Jeffrey Clark

Senior Manager of Applied Climate Research, Natural Areas Conservancy