XV World Forestry Congress


Hugh Safford

Vibrant Planet

Chief scientist


Dr. Hugh Safford is the chief scientist of Vibrant Planet, an environmental public benefits corporation, and an adjunct research ecologist at the University of California-Davis. Before joining Vibrant Planet, Safford was Regional Ecologist for the USDA-Forest Service’s Region 5 (California, Hawaii, Pacific territories). He has provided international technical assistance on fire, forest management, and climate change issues since the 1990s. Safford is director of the Sierra Nevada section of the California Fire Science Consortium, and he is PI of the California Prescribed Fire Monitoring Program (a partnership with CALFIRE).