Changing Climate and Wildfire in Hawaiʻi

American Sāmoa | Wednesday, April 12 from 1:00-2:30 p.m.Hawaiʻi | Wednesday, April 12 from 2:00-3:30 p.m.Palau | Thursday, April 13 from 9:00-10:30 a.m.CNMI & Guam | Thursday, April 13 from 10:00-11:30 a.m.FSM | Thursday, April 13 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. (Weno) / 11:00 am-12:30 p.m. (Palikir)RMI | Thursday, April 13 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

A Joint Pacific RISCC-Pacific Fire Exchange Webinar via Zoom

Webinar overview:

The climate in Hawaiʻi is changing. How will this affect the risk of wildfire, along with potential impacts to people and Hawaiʻi’s unique ecosystems?

April’s webinar will be jointly hosted by the Pacific Fire Exchange (PFX) and Pacific RISCC. This webinar will include presentations by Michael Walker, Fire Protection Forester with the Hawaiʻi DLNR Division of Forestry & Wildlife, Dr. Clay Trauernicht, Extension Specialist with NREM, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and Emma Yuen, Native Ecosystems Program Manager with DLNR, Division of Forestry and Wildlife. For background, please check out the PFX Fact Sheet: Changing Climate & Wildfire in Hawai‘i: Current Observations & Future Projections.

Speaker details:

Michael Walker is the statewide fire protection forester for the Hawaiʻi Department of Land & Natural Resources, Division of Forestry & Wildlife. Michael has 23 years of experience in conservation in Hawaiʻi and resides on Oahu.
Clay Trauernicht is an Extension Specialist in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. His program focuses on wildland fire and ecosystem protection, taking science from development to translation and practice in support of watershed workers in Hawaiʻi and Micronesia. His program information and outputs are found at and Yuen is the manager of the Native Ecosystems Program of the Hawaiʻi Division of Forestry and Wildlife, DLNR. She leads the Department’s top priority initiative to protect Hawaiʻi’s source of water: forests. Emma grew up in Hāmākua on Hawaiʻi Island and graduated from Hilo High School. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy of the Environment and Natural Resources, and a Master’s degree in Sociology from Stanford University. She has received various awards for her leadership and service, including the EPA Region IX Environmental Achievement Award.