News June 13, 2017

The Era of Megafires Presentation June 26

by Jackson Hole. Media

The U.S. Forest Service’s Bridger-Teton National Forest, and North 40 Productions, is pleased to bring The Era of Megafires to the Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming on June 26, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

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.

Megafires are wildfires over 100,000 acres and are exceptionally destructive to communities, wildlife and our natural spaces.

The presentation previewed in Wenatchee WA, Dr. Hessburg’s hometown. A Northwest tour of the presentation followed making stops in approximately 20+ communities this fall and winter across Washington and Oregon, reaching over 4000 people including 2000+ youth.

“The goal of the project is to help communities understand the issues surrounding Megafires so that they can better participate in the conversation and begin driving towards solutions.” said Jeff Ostenson, Director of the project. “I do believe we can change the way we receive wildfire and related smoke but it’s going to take everyone playing their part.”

Once the “Era of Megafires” has been presented to an audience, the Bridger-Teton National Forest will lead a Question and Answer discussion around topics that are relevant to the community in order to create local actions and answers to local challenges. Typically, different communities face different obstacles when it comes to wildfire preparedness and resilience.

The current state of wildfires in throughout the West is catastrophic. The past two summers have brought huge losses of homes, power girds, wastewater systems, roads, crops, tourism, jobs, emotional security and life. The intent of this project is to significantly reduce the amount of loss we are experiencing from Megafires through education, community action, and policy change.

A special thanks to our supporters: The Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole Fire/EMS, and Teton Area Wildfire Protection Coalition. For more information and updates, visit the website:

Spring Tour Schedule:

June 20 Wenatchee, WA NCESD Summer Institute

June 21 Wenatchee WA Chelan County PUD – private

June 26 Jackson Hole, WY USFS

July 12-14 Holden Village WA Holden Village

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