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Monday, May 15, 2017


North 40 Productions, with a long list of additional supporting partners, announces “Era of Megafires.”

“Era of Megafires” 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.  Megafires are wildfires over 100,000 acres and are exceptionally destructive to communities, wildlife and our natural spaces. The presented material comes in the form of fast-moving, short, topic-based talks interspersed with compelling video vignettes.  Think TedX mixed with snappy documentary shorts.

The presentation will show at the historic Egyptian Theatre in downtown Boise on Tuesday, May 16th at 6:00pm.  Doors open at 5:00 for a preshow no-host social.

WHO: Dr. Paul Hessburg from the Pacific Northwest Research Station, in Wenatchee, WA, and the University of Washington, Seattle

WHAT: “Era of Megafires” presentation

WHERE: Egyptian Theatre in downtown Boise.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 16th, 2016 at 6:00 pm.  Doors open at 5:00.

The Boise show is supported by Idaho Firewise, Northern Rockies Fire Science Network, Ada Fire Adapted, Bureau of Land Management, USDA Forest Service and the Idaho Department of Lands. This event is also supported by Promoting Ecosystem Resilience and Fire Adapted Communities Together, a cooperative agreement between The Nature Conservancy, USDA Forest Service and agencies of the Department of the Interior through a subaward to the Watershed Research and Training Center; this institution is an equal opportunity provider.

A Northwest tour of the presentation is making stops in 30+ communities this spring and summer across Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and British Columbia.  Other south Idaho communities that will host the tour are McCall (May 15), Boise (May 16), Twin Falls (May 17) and Pocatello (May 18).

“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.”

The current state of wildfires 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 losses we are experiencing from Megafires through education, community action, and policy change.

General Admission seating – $5.00 Advanced and $7.00 Day of Show

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