March Nature Night


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Two Bulls Fire in Skyline Forest. Photo: Maclcolm Lowery.
Two Bulls Fire in Skyline Forest. Photo: Maclcolm Lowery.
The Era of Megafire

The year 2017 was a record fire year with 9.1 million acres burning in the U.S. More than 680,000 acres burned in Oregon alone, in at least 33 different fires, one of which was a megafire that burned 191,000 acres. Join Dr. Paul Hessburg for an engaging, multimedia presentation about wildfire, its natural role in our Central Oregon forests, and how that role has changed. Learn how we’ve interrupted the natural fire cycle of our forests and how, with a rapidly warming climate, we are experiencing more of these megafires. Dr. Hessburg will discuss the many options we have to reshape the wildfire problem, and how we all can learn to better live with the coming wildfires.



 

Paul Hessburg Photo: Submitted
Paul Hessburg Photo: Submitted

 About Paul Hessburg
Dr. Paul Hessburg is a nationally and internationally recognized research scientist in the fields of landscape and fire ecology, and forest health. He works for the Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, and is an affiliate Professor at the University of Washington. Paul has been studying historical and modern era forests of the inland West for the last 38 years. His work documents large changes in forest conditions and how these changes, along with climate change, have set the stage for large and severe wildfires. Paul is passionate about creating healthier forests for many generations to enjoy.