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UI Sponsoring “Megafires” Presentation at Kenworthy May 3

April 21, 2017

The University of Idaho is sponsoring a live, multimedia presentation titled “Era of Megafires” at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3, at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Center in Moscow. The presentation is free and open to the public. 

This event is designed to educate and inform audiences across the West in an effort to increase discussion on finding solutions to the risks that wildfires pose to communities.

The number of large, severe wildfires has been increasing in the last decade. Megafires are wildfires that burn more than 100,000 acres and may be destructive to communities, wildlife habitat and natural resources.

The presentation was created by Paul Hessburg, a research landscape ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, in partnership with North 40 Productions and the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center. It showcases the conditions that lead to megafires and how they can be managed or mitigated.

The presentation is intended to stimulate discussions of how current science relates to community experiences with wildfire. “Era of Megafires” explains how current fire conditions were inadvertently created, and it describes megafires as a core social issue with ecological explanations. Throughout the presentation, tools are identified for homeowners and land managers that may reduce the future severity and impacts of wildfires.

“A future without wildfire isn’t an option,” Hessburg said. “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 and ability of ordinary citizens — so that they can enter into local discussions and planning for a more certain future for public forest lands.”

This presentation is sponsored by the Idaho Fire Chiefs, UI College of Natural Resources, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Northwest Management, Idaho Firewise, North 40, Nez Perce Tribe, Northern Rockies Fire Science Network and UI Extension.

Media Contact:
Kim Jackson
Marketing and Communications Manager, College of Natural Resources

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