Scientist Presents "Era of Megafires" as Part of Restoration and Policy Finance Event

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Presented by the World Resources Institute, Dr. Paul Hessburg of the US Forest Service and North 40 Productions presents "Era of Megafires" in Washington D.C.

A future without wildfire isn’t an option...

Over the past decade, the number of large, severe wildfires has been on the rise. These megafires are wildfires that burn more than 100,000 acres; they can destroy or severely damage human communities, wildlife habitat, and natural resources. Dr. Paul Hessburg, a research landscape ecologist with Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station, collaborated with North 40 Productions and the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center to produce “Era of Megafires,” a special presentation conveying the conditions that lead to megafires and how they might be managed or mitigated.

"As we continue to explore innovative ways to accelerate the pace and scale of restoration in our National Forests, the Era of Megafires Presentation by Dr. Hessburg is particularly timely," says Zach Knight, managing partner of Blue Forest Conservation. "This is a message that everyone living in the West should hear."

“A future without wildfire isn’t an option,” Hessburg says. “So, what kind of future do we want for our forests?" The goal of this project is to share a vocabulary and increase the understanding of ordinary citizens—so that they can enter into local discussions and planning for a more certain future for public forest lands."

Since June 2016, the presentation has reached 86 cities and towns to more than 25,000 citizens. A digital version of the "Era of Megafires" presentation is now available for public screenings. At the time of this press release, the “Era of Megafires” TEDx Talk has over 13,000 views: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edDZNkm8Mas.

Learn more about the Era of Megafires here: http://www.eraofmegafires.com

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