Dickinson Wright Co-Sponsors Arizona Wildfire Conference May 7-8 to Tackle Federal and State Forest Management Issues

April 16, 2015
Dickinson Wright PLLC has joined forces with The Salt River Project (SRP), The Nature Conservancy, Arizona State University (ASU) and Northern Arizona University (NAU), to co-sponsor a symposium entitled, “The Wildfire Menace: Will the West Learn or Burn” held May 7-8 in Tempe. The program will bring nationally recognized wildfire professionals together to discuss federal and state forest management policies, and proposed “treatment” alternatives important to reducing wildfire risks to communities in and adjacent to wild land areas.

Speakers include:

• Former Wildfire Hotshot Michael Johns, Esq., who presently serves as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona
• Former U.S. Senator Jon Kyl, Esq.
• Dr. Stephen Pyne – professor, School of Life Sciences, ASU (former wildland firefighter)
• Dr. Wally Covington – executive director, NAU Ecological Restoration Institute and regents’ professor, Forest Ecology
• Ms. Sue Kitko - Northern Arizona conservation manager, The Nature Conservancy
• Karen Bradshaw Schulz – associate professor, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, ASU
• Rebecca Davidson – senior water rights analyst, SRP
• Mayor Jerry Nabours, City of Flagstaff

Highlights include Attorney Michael Johns’ experience as a former wildfire “hotshot” and landowner who worked with federal and state officials to “treat” public land, Former Senator Kyl’s potential federal initiatives to reduce severity of Arizona forest fires, and Dr. Covington’s anticipated changes in Western forests.

Dickinson Wright Attorney Kenneth A. Hodson serves as program co-chair of the conference. Kenneth Hodson is the former chairperson of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section. Joining him, as speakers are Dickinson Wright’s real estate property attorneys Cliff Mattice and Chuck Oldham. The legal presentations from the firm will examine planning and zoning, insurance and liability, land use, and property rights issues associated with wildfires.

The program is being offered by ASU’s Continuing Legal Education Program and will be held at SRP’s PERA Club Facility located at 1 E. Continental Dr. in Tempe. Non-lawyers, including municipal officials are invited to attend at a discounted price. The seminar may qualify for up to 12 hours MCLE and all proceeds from the CLE seminars will go to student scholarships at the ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

For more information about The Wildfire Menace Conference and to register to attend, visit www.law.asu.edu/cle and search for the program using seminar number: 15289TEM. Questions can be directed to Sandra MacDonald via email at: sandra.macdonald@asu.edu.
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