The Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project in Central Oregon released this video this week - a short narrative with compelling visuals to help the general public understand the need for fire on the landscape. Although the video is specific to the dry pine forests of Central Oregon, there are many other places around the West that need fire for a variety of reasons - species promulgation, forest and habitat health, wildfire risk reduction and many more.
If you have a mobile phone, take a friend to your forest or rangeland and record something similar. Talk about the species in your area that are dependent on fire and the need for using low intensity fire as one of the effective tools to reduce hazardous fuels or maintain quality habitat for wildlife. Your videos do not have to be done professionally to be effective! You can edit your takes together right from your phone! Be sure to add the name of your local groups and partners and a place where folks can find more information. Don't forget to send them to your local media outlets for sharing with your publics, post on your Facebook and twitter feeds, and play at local person-to-person opportunities!
Then send them to me at email@example.com so I can share what you're up to with other stakeholders on similar journeys around the West!