It’s May 9th, 2016 and while it’s slowing down, the wildfire around Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada continues to burn. By now, the entire world has heard of the situation and difficult questions are beginning to be asked.
Some of these difficult questions will inevitably turn to forestry, logging, etc: This is where my guest comes in. Marcin Lewandowski is a manager of operations and product development at Ecostrat Inc., a Canadian company which specializes in the supply of wood fiber and biogas feedstock worldwide and the mitigation of biomass supply chain risk. He joined me to discuss forest management including influence exerted by well-funded Environmental Non-Profit Organizations (ENGOs), international certification schemes, the way urbanization has shifted power to people who are no longer in touch with the land, and more. In addition I got his take on the contributing factors to such catastrophic fires as the one in Fort McMurray and what can be done to prevent them.