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Across the western Unites States, the impacts of wildfire are becoming more severe and the fire season is getting longer — in fact, in some places it’s no longer a “season” but a year-round reality. Drought holds much of the region in a stranglehold. A century of management decisions have led to precarious realities on the ground. And as recent years have shown, urban areas are no less at risk than rural.
Boise, Idaho is one of the fastest growing cities in the country, and is rapidly expanding into the surrounding rangeland and forest — leaving its neighborhoods potentially vulnerable to the impacts of wildfire. Boise is also home to the National Interagency Fire Center, the nation’s federal fire management hub, as well as a host of fire and disaster researchers at Boise State University. Just outside the city, the landscape is a patchwork of federal, state and private ownership, providing unique opportunities for joint fire management and collaborative mitigation.
On May 11-13 2022, the Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources will host a two-day in-person workshop for journalists in Boise, focused on wildfire. Up to 15 journalists will have the chance to meet with experts, travel into the field, and hear firsthand from those tasked with managing fire and mitigating its impacts.
Applications are due Wednesday, April 6, by midnight Mountain Time.
We will select up to 15 applicants who represent diversity in geography, outlet, race, gender, experience, and journalistic medium. Priority will be given to journalists of color.
IJNR covers all program expenses (food, lodging, local travel) during workshops. Attendees are responsible for getting themselves to and from Boise.