Paul Hessburg, Phd., is a Research Ecologist with Pacific Northwest Research Station, U.S. Forest Service. He has been studying historical & modern era forests of the Inland West for the last 32 years, publishing extensively in leading journals. His work documents large changes in forest conditions and how these changes, along with climate change, have set the stage for large & severe wildfires. Paul was the recipient of the USFS 2017 R&D Deputy Chief’s Distinguished Science Award for his significant contribution to fire and landscape ecology. Paul’s recent book, Making Transparent Environmental Management Decisions, offers compelling new insights into using modern-day decision support systems to plan for forest restoration.