“Counties on Fire” is a grassroots initiative that seeks to educate Americans about the economic and environmental costs of the increasing occurrence of Megafires, and to advance support for evidence-based forest policies in addressing what has become a national wildfire crisis.
The American West is burning. Whether started by nature or man, forest fires grow more destructive each year. A decrease in harvest and salvage, combined with an increase in young tree and underbrush growth, suppression of controlled burns, and urban density has given us forests that are fuel laden and ready to ignite.
There are solutions but time is running out to reverse course. We must understand how we got to this point and begin the proactive practice of fire resiliency within our forests, the Wildland Urban Interface, and within our communities. It is time for sustainable, active stewardship at the local level.
We must achieve a harmonious existence with our natural resources. We can give future generations the gift of clean air and water, healthy forests, a vibrant economy, and a sustainable supply of fuel, building materials, and wildlife habitat.
Dr. Paul Hessburg narrates and discusses: “Era of Megafires”
Paul will be continuing his tour September 8th. We encourage you to go to the NORTH40 website and attend this educational and informative presentation before the tour ends in mid-October. You can also read our interview with Paul here.
From NORTH40 Productions:
Megafires, wildfires over 100,000 acres, and the destruction caused by them is a serious and growing issue to our region. Our communities, homes, businesses and our very way of life are threatened. If we are going to make effective progress towards increasing fire resiliency, we must increase awareness and stimulate conversation about this important issue across all levels of society. Through education, we firmly believe we can change the way we receive fire and smoke.
The Era of Megafires is a 70-minute, multi-media, traveling presentation that features Dr. Paul Hessburg (Pacific Northwest Research Station, U.S. Forest Service), who has conducted fire and landscape ecology research for more than 27 years. The presented material comes in the form of fast-moving, short, topic-based talks interspersed with compelling video vignettes and features the work of wildfire photographer, John Marshall. Think TedX mixed with snappy documentary shorts and amazing photography. The videos were created by award-winning documentary film company, North 40 Productions, of Wenatchee, WA.