Watch: Pathways for a More Smoke-Resilient California

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Part of CCST Science & Technology Week.

California’s future is expected to be more smoky as wildland fires become more common. Beneficial wildland fires can improve forest health and reduce the risk of destructive fires, but exposure to fire smoke adversely impacts human health. This CCST Expert Briefing will explores opportunities to build more robust connections between forest management and public health with the goal of making California’s communities more smoke resilient.

This panel was one of several events planned as part of CCST’s Science and Technology Week, which took place the week of February 5-9, 2024—including our annual Reception & Leadership Awards Ceremony.

Presented in partnership with The Office of Senator Marie Alvarado-Gil.


Alan Talhelm
Assistant Deputy Director of Climate & Energy


Bethany Hannah
Climate and Wildfire Institute
Deputy Director, Operations & External Affairs

Deniss Martinez
UC Davis
Research Administrator, Native American Studies

Kerri Vera
Tule River Tribe
Director, Department of Environmental Protection

Matt Wolff
San Francisco Department of Public Health
Climate and Health Program Manager



About the California Council on Science and Technology
The California Council on Science and Technology is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established via the California State Legislature in 1988. CCST responds to the Governor, the Legislature, and other State entities who request independent assessment of public policy issues affecting the State of California relating to science and technology. CCST engages leading experts in science and technology to advise state policymakers—ensuring that California policy is strengthened and informed by scientific knowledge, research, and innovation.


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