North 40 Productions, with the US Forest Service and a long list of additional supporting partners, announces the World Premiere and tour launch of The Era of Megafires”. 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. Think Ted X mixed with snappy documentary shorts. Megafires are wildfires over 100,000 acres and are exceptionally destructive to communities, wildlife and our natural spaces.

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 local hosting organization will lead a Question and Answer discussion around topics that are relevant to that 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: Community Foundation of NCW, United States Forest Service, State Farm, Chelan County Department of Natural Resources, The Icicle Fund, Confluence Health, City of Wenatchee, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington State Department of Commerce, Steve Wright & Kathleen McNalty, Jim and Ivy Murray, Karen and Dr. Peter Rutherford, Mission Ridge, Kuntz, Rufus Woods, Northwest Farm Credit Services, Dr. Terry and Suzanne Sorom, and Garry and Kim Arsenault.

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Please join us on March 24, 2017 at 6:30 PM at Plain Community Church