State Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz will join community leaders and scientists at a forest health summit in Wenatchee on Monday. The public is invited to attend the panel discussion, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 127 S. Mission St.
The summit will begin with a short video by The Wildfire Project, the same group that produced the “Era of Megafires” that toured the state over the past year. Wenatchee World Publisher Rufus Woods will moderate the panel discussion, which will follow. They will discuss bills that passed the state Legislature, and what’s next for forest health. It’s anticipated that the proposed logging on Nason Ridge will come up in the conversation.
In addition to Franz, the panel will include state Sen. Brad Hawkins, R-Wenatchee, U.S. Forest Service research scientist Paul Hessburg, Chelan County Commissioner Kevin Overbay (also a member of the North Central Washington Forest Health Collaborative), The Nature Conservancy legislative affairs director Tom Bugert, Washington Forest Protection Association government relations director Jason Calhoun, and Washington State Fire Adapted Communities Network policy director Annie Schmidt.