Monday, October 3, 2016

Living in the Era of Megafires

The last few weeks we've seen this movie trailer shared widely across social media.  North 40 Productions, with the US Forest Service and a long list of additional supporting partners, have announced the World Premiere and tour launch of "The Era of Megafires."

The Era of Megafires is a 60-minute, multi-media, traveling presentation hosted by Dr. Paul Hessburg (Pacific Northwest Research Station and the University of Washington), who has conducted fire and landscape ecology research for over 27 years.  The material is fast-moving, short, topic-based talked interspersed with compelling video and features the work of wildfire photographer John Marshall.  Think TedX mixed with snappy documentary shorts and amazing photography.  

The presentation debuted at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center on August 30th and will be making an additional 20+ stops over the next few months across the West.  In each case, the hosting organization leads a Question and Answer discussion around topics that are locally relevant to create local actions and answers to local challenges.  

"The goal of the project is to help communities understand the issues surrounding megafires so that they can better participate in the conversation and begin driving towards solutions," said Jeff Ostenson, Director of the project.  "I do believe we can change the way we receive wildfire and related smoke but it's going to take everyone playing their part." 

Read more here about The Era of Megafires presentation and how this type of medium is reaching audiences and enabling change.  

Current Tour Schedule:

August 30 Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center, Wenatchee, WA
September 8 Snowy Owl Theatre, Leavenworth, WA
September 9 Performing Arts Center, Chelan, WA
September 12 FACLN Ashland, OR
September 20 Island Climate Resilience, Friday Harbor, WA
October 11 Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife, Yakima, WA
October 24 Pioneer Middle School, Wenatchee, WA
October 25 OSU Forestry Extension Bend, OR
November 4 Colville Senior High School, Colville, WA 
November 15 Success Summit, Quincy, WA

Fall 2016 
Kimmerly Fire Department Kimberly, BC
Rain Shadow Consulting, Orcas Island, WA
Island Climate Resilience, Lopez Island, WA
Wenatchee High School, Wenatchee, WA
Omak/Okanogan PAC, Omak, WA
Spokane Community, Spokane, WA
Seattle Chamber, Seattle, WA

Winter 2017 
Methow Conservancy, Winthrop, WA
Property and Environment Research Center, Bozeman, MT
Electeds & Policy makers, Olympia, WA

Olympia Community, Olympia, WA

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