Waldport Climate Crisis January Planning Meeting
What is the potential for wildfire in Lincoln County? Could the catastrophic wildfire situation in Australia be repeated here on Oregon’s Central Coast in the decades to come? Newport’s Martin Desmond, in his presentation for the January meeting of the Waldport Climate Crisis Planning group, will call on his past experience with Forest Service and Park Service hot shot fire crews to address whether Oregon, unlike California, is prepared to deal with massive wildfires. Desmond’s presentation will be followed by a response from Gary Woodson, Chief of the Central Oregon Coast Fire and Rescue District, with time for questions from the audience.
These planning and information meetings are part of a 2018 Lincoln County resolution to review climate legislation and policy choices by local decision-makers. Residents, businesses, private and public service providers, and all interested parties are invited to participate and weigh in on this serious and profound crisis.
The third Climate Crisis Planning meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 21, 6:30 p.m. at the Seashore Family Literacy Center in Waldport. Doors will be open at 6 p.m. for welcome and a song by Bill Kucha, founder and chair of 350.Oregon Central Coast, who will moderate the discussion. Working groups researching priority climate impact issues identified at earlier planning meetings will report on their findings, and Senitila McKinley, founder of the Seashore Center, will talk about what rising seas have meant to her home island in Samoa. Martin Desmond will also report on work toward a comprehensive adaptation and mitigation plan for the county, based on local planning.
The planning meeting is sponsored by Citizens Climate Lobby, 350.Oregon Central Coast, and Senitila McKinley. The Seashore Family Literacy Center is located at the east end of the parking area behind the (now closed) Umpqua Bank building. From Highway 34, turn north at the intersection of Spring Street and Alder, across from the Fire Station, then right into the former parking lot. The Center is located in the DaNoble House, at the far east end of the lot.
For more information, contact Bill Kucha, 541 765 2451