Forest fires are inevitable, as is the cost of defending communities in the path of those fires.  Who pays that cost?  Is the benefit of forest living worth that cost?  Can improved land use planning and building codes mitigate that cost?  Can economic incentives provide a “carrot” for building defensible developments?

For the answers to these questions and more join City Club and moderator Jamie Christman for a conversation on this “hot” topic with Economist Ray Rasker, Ph.D.  Dr. Rasker is the Executive Director of Headwaters Economics and author of the following papers on this topic:




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Ray Rasker

Ray Rasker, Ph.D., Executive Director Headwaters Economics

Ray has written widely on rural development and the role of environmental quality in economic prosperity, and is well known in policy circles in the U.S. and Canada. He has a Ph.D. from the College of Forestry, Oregon State University, M.Ag. from Colorado State University, and B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Washington.

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What: City Club of Central Oregon Monthly Forum

When: Thursday, May 21, 11:30am-1:00pm

Where: St. Charles Center for Health and Learning

Fee Schedule: Registration closes at 5pm on Monday, May 18.  Buffet lunch is included

Day of Forum- a limited number of walk-ins may be available for members only the day of the forum on a space-available basis for $35

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