Era of Megafires
Era of Megafires is fiscal affiliate of the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center.
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.
Media is an effective way to educate and engage audiences with important topics that demand solutions. Coupling Paul Hessburg’s experience in this arena with North 40’s production technical savvy, this media will inform, engage and inspire audiences, as well as provide an effective educational tools for the many organizations who are working tirelessly to improve the wildfire situation.
Era of Megafires Tour Dates:
February 9 - Olympia, WA - Fire Caucus and Senate Parks and Natural Resource Committees - hosted by Rep. Tom Dent from Moses Lake
February 24 - Wenatchee, WA - Chelan County PUD Auditorium
February 28 - Winthrop, WA - hosted by Methow Conservancy and Okanogan County Conservation District
March 1 - Walla Walla, WA - Whitman College
March 2 - La Grande, OR - Cohesive Wildfire Strategy, USO
March 15 - Corvallis, OR - hosted by Oregon State University's College of Forestry and the Northwest Fire Science Consortium
March 16 - Portland, OR - Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OSMI)
March 21 - Nespelem, WA - hosted by Colville Confederated Tribes
March 22 - Omak, WA - Omak Performing Arts Center - hosted by Okanogan conservation district
March 24 - Plain, WA - 6:30 - Plain Community Church - hosted by Cascadia Conservation District
March 30 - Couer d'Alene, ID - Idaho Forest Group
April 3 - Burns, OR - Harney County Restoration Collaborative
April 4 - Prineville, OR - hosted by OSU Forestry Extension
April 7 - Bozeman, MT - Fire Wardens Conference
May 4 - Spokane, WA - Bing Crosby Theater - hosted by Vaagen Bros.
May 22 - Stevenson, WA - hosted by Saving Skamania County
May 23 - Underwood, WA - Underwood Community Center - hosted by Saving Skamania County
May 24 - Hood River, OR - hosted by Saving Skamania County
May 25 - Enterprise, OR - OK Theatre - hosted by Wallowa County, TNC, ODF, OSU Extension and Wallowa Resources
May 31 - Olympia, WA - Washington State Department of Natural Resources
June 14 - Cranbrook, BC
June 19 - Entiat, WA
June 20 - Wenatchee, WA - NCESD Summer Institute
June 21 - Wenatchee, WA - Chelan County PUD - Private Event
June 22 - Stehekin, WA
June 26 - Jackson Hole, WY - hosted by Teton Area Wildfire Protection Coalition (TAWPC)
June 29 - Yakima, WA - BIA Timber Symposium -
July 10 - Cranbrook BC
July 14 - Holden Village, WA - hosted by Holden Village
September 8 - 7:00pm - Leavenworth WA - Snowy Owl Theatre - hosted by Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition
September 9 - Chelan, WA - Performing Arts Center - hosted by Chelan Chamber of Commerce
September 12 - Ashland, OR - hosted by Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network
September 16 - Student Screening - Wenatchee, WA - Foothills Middle School - hosted by SOAR
September 20 - Friday Harbor, WA - hosted by Island Climate Resilience
September 23 - Yakima, WA - 7:00 at Season's Performance Hall - hosted by the Tapash Sustainable Forest Collaborative
September 26 - Wenatchee, WA - 9:00am - Sterling Middle School - hosted by Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center - Students Only
October 5 - Lopez Island, WA - 6:00pm Woodmen Hall - 4102 Fisherman Bay Rd. - sponsored by Lopez Fire Dept., Library, Chamber, Community Trust, SJI County Land Bank and SJI National Monument, and BLM
October 10 - Wenatchee, WA - 9:45am - Orchard Middle School - hosted by SOAR - Students Only
October 10 - Student Screening - Wenatchee, WA - 11:00am Pioneer Middle School - hosted by SOAR - Students Only
October 11 - PRIVATE SCREENING - Yakima, WA - hosted by Dept of Fish and Wildlife
October 12 - Orcas Island, WA - 7:00pm Emmanuel Episcopal Church 2452 Main St Eastsound Orcas - hosted by Rainshadow Consulting
October 18 - Ellensburg, WA - 7:00pm Central Washington University Science Building #2 Room #103 400 E. University Way, Ellensburg - hosted by Cascadia Hazards Institute
October 19 - Colville, WA - Colville High School Auditorium - hosted by Vaagen Brothers - time TBD
October 26 - Bend, OR - 6:30pm - hosted by Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project - location TBD
October 27 - Trout Lake, WA - Mt. Adams Resource Stewards - time and location TBD
October 28 - Cle Elum, WA : 6:30 - hosted by Cle Elum Ranger District
Dr. Hessburg, Ph. D.
Paul is a Research Ecologist with Pacific Northwest Research Station, U.S. Forest Service. He has been studying historical & modern era forests of the Inland West for the last 32 years, publishing extensively in leading national & international journals. His work documents large changes in forest conditions and how these changes, along with climate change, have set the stage for large & severe wildfires. This presentation is an outgrowth of his research and his concerns for the future.
Bring This Project to Your Town!
Is your organization interested in hosting “The Era of Megafires”? Here’s what you need to know to bring the Presentation to your town:
Some basic facts about the Presentation:
- The Presentation is between 60 and 90 minutes and there’s a perfect opportunity for a Q&A session after to focus on local issues. Invite your own experts or use Dr. Hessburg.
- You’ll need a venue, preferably one with existing Audio/Visual equipment. Hopefully, you can get someone to donate the space.
- Expenses to host include $250 license fee plus actual travel costs for Dr. Hessburg and his assistant that goes to the Museum to manage the project.
- We can bring a traveling exhibit that can be set up in the lobby of the venue, if it makes sense and you have the space (not likely for tour stops that require air travel).
- Please invite any and all appropriate organizations to have a booth in the lobby to give the audience additional opportunities to learn about the issues.
- We will provide artwork for posters, post cards, and social media to help you market your event.
- If you aren’t an organization already educating the public about Wildfire, check around your community, likely there is already a group or two working on this and they may be the perfect fit to host the Presentation.
If you would like to schedule a date or have some additional questions, please contact our Tour Coordinator, Sara Rolfs:
firstname.lastname@example.org / 509-679-2043
Listen to the Koho interview with Jeff and Sara on April 21