Sierra Science Lecture Series Presents: The Natural Benefits of Prescribed Fire

August 8, 2019
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What Type of Fire Do You Want?

Dr. Kate Wilkin presents the benefits of a prescribed fire. California is in a wildfire crisis. We will have fires near our community. Rather than unplanned wildfires, we can choose when the fires will occur and what their impact will be to our community. These prescribed fires protect communities from wildfire’s flames and smoke, and have natural benefits for biodiversity and water yield. Come learn more about the natural benefits of prescribed fire and how people across the west are using prescribed fire on private and public lands. 

The Sierra Science Lecture Series is presented by Sierra College Nevada County Campus and Sierra Streams Institute.

About Our Speaker

Dr. Kate Wilkin is the Forest and Fire Adviser with UC Cooperative Extension in Butte, Nevada, Sutter, and Yuba Counties. She was a PhD and postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley where she researched fire in relation to emissions, water, biodiversity, and fuels treatments in forests and shrublands. Today, her research and outreach focus on fire adapted communities with a focus on fire resistant buildings, defensible space, and prescribed fire. Before moving to California, Kate grew up in rural Appalachia and then explored other fire-prone regions of the US as a natural resource manager and prescribed fire practitioner on public and nonprofit lands. Based on these experiences and more, she knows that we need to use solutions responsibly, both old and new, to solve our forest health crisis. Now more than ever we need collaborative and creative solutions, and she looks forward to being part of the solution.

Date, Time, Location and Parking

The presentation will be held on Tuesday, September 10, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Come early and enjoy a meet-and-greet and refreshments at 6:00pm.

Nevada County Campus
Multipurpose Center Building, N12
250 Sierra College Drive,
Grass Valley, CA 95945.

Parking is $3. Permits can be purchased at the kiosk machine at the main entrance to the campus.

Contact Information

To learn more, contact Jason Giuliani, series coordinator, at

Upcoming Lectures

  • Tuesday, Oct. 8: Statewide research informs regional conservation priorities for mountain lions in California, with Dr. Justin Dellinger
  • Tuesday, Nov. 12: GardenRoots, Local Gold Mining Legacy Impacts on Preschool Play-yards and Gardens, with Joanne Hild, Annika Alexander-Ozinskas and Dr. Peggy Reynolds