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The Future of Wildfire

APril 19-21, 2018

Missoula, MT



PLEase Note: Due to the high level of interest in this program, we have changed our registration process. please read details below.

IJNR invites journalists to join us in Missoula, April 19-21, for a workshop exploring the ecological, economic, social, and public health impacts of wildfire, and discussing what the future might hold.

Participants will:

  • Hear from fire scientists about the latest research and modeling  - and how new breakthroughs are shaping our understanding of how fire behaves.
  • Talk with climate scientists about predictions and scenarios - are longer fire seasons and hotter summers the new normal?
  • Speak with public health experts about heretofore unprecedented smoke exposure in rural communities, how duration and density contribute to public health crises, and what can be done to mitigate these impacts.
  • Learn from economists about the financial toll of wildfires, on the federal, state, and local level.
  • Hear from community advocates who are educating the public about proactive steps they can take - from landscape maintenance to fire-savvy building techniques.
  • Meet with the firefighters and foresters tasked with battling fires - and trying to mitigate their severity before they even start. 
  • Visit with politicians and concerned citizens to hear about how wildfires are impacting communities.
  • Discuss what we as journalists can do better in our coverage of wildfire.
  • Get out on the landscape to see recently burned areas, forest management practices, and other related sites. 


Due to group size limitations, the workshop is open to the first 20 registrants.

The workshop will begin with a dinner on Thursday, April 19 and end by 5pm on Saturday, April 21.  IJNR will cover lodging on the nights of April 19th and 20th, as well as all meals during the program.

There is a $25 registration fee. 

Please note that staying overnight is not required for reporters within commuting distance.


Registrants must submit a resume and one clip via Submittable

The registration link will be sent to the first 20 qualified applicants who submit their credentials, beginning at noon (MST) on 3/1. Early submissions will not be accepted. 

The mission of  the Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources is to advance public understanding and civic engagement about environment, natural resource, public health and development issues through better journalism. IJNR conducts expenses-paid, expedition-style training and professional development programs for journalists at all career stages and from all sorts and sizes of news outlets, ranging from newspapers and magazines to radio, television and online operations. 

This program is supported by The Wilburforce Foundation, The Cinnabar Foundation, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, and other foundations and individuals. 

IJNR maintains editorial independence and control in all of its programming and decision-making.