The Institute of Social and Economic Research’s (ISER) Assistant Professor of Natural Resources Management, Dr. Jennifer Schmidt, was recently published in Bloomberg Law News discussing the rising wildfire risk in Alaska. In the article, Dr. Schmidt explains the impact of climate and society on risk in the wildland urban interface (WUI) and suggests actions that can be taken to lower that threat. While climate change is certainly a major factor in the increased danger, development in high-risk areas without taking the proper precautionary measures is another facet of the growing threat. Dr. Schmidt suggests, “Providing a mix of carrots (reduced insurance costs or taxes) and sticks (taxes based on risk, legal requirements) is the best way forward to reducing wildfire risk, preventing loss of life, property, and saving costs in the long run.” Learn more in her article, INSIGHT: Reducing Wildfire Risks and Damages the Smart Way.