September 12, 2017 - 7:00
Presented by the Tri-County FireSafe Working Group.
Call or stop by the Myrna Box Office to reserve FREE tickets — 443.0287 ex. 21
Tickets are free, but donations to Food Share are appreciated.
The Era of Mega Fires is a 70-minute, multi-media, traveling presentation hosted by Dr. Paul Hessburg.
Hessburg is with the Pacific Northwest Research Station, in Wenatchee, WA, and the University of Washington, Seattle, where he has researched wildfire and landscape ecology for more than 27 years. The presented material comes in the form of fast-moving, short, topic-based talks interspersed with compelling video vignettes. Think Ted X mixed with snappy documentary shorts. Megafires are wildfires over 100,000 acres and are exceptionally destructive to communities, wildlife and our natural spaces.
“I attended 3 of the Era of Megafires events, and worked with Sara Rolfs of North 40 and Paul Hessburg to link them in with community organizations around the west that are making the wildland urban interface a priority conversation. The big take-away from my experience was that this is a very effective teaching tool, and Paul’s commitment to polishing the presentation and content has paid off. They are now developing versions for all ages and demographics, and have had a chance to bring it to most schools in the Wenatchee School District. All the 6th graders saw the presentation this year before their Forest Classroom Experience Field trip, and many of them told me about what they learned from the Era of Megafires on our forest ecology hike.
Other partners and FAC network members seem to have very positive things to say as well. The program has been well received by almost all of the folks I have heard feedback from including land managers, citizens, urban dwellers, and tourists. My feeling is that sponsoring this valuable education tool would be a wise investment by USAA.”
Patrick Haggerty, Cascadia Conservation District