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July 24, 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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If you sign up, you get the Zoom meeting link for 10:00 AM on the 24th, plus another link that allows you to watch the documentary on Vimeo any time between July 17- July 31. The documentary screening starts at 10:00 AM on Zoom and lasts about an hour. A live panel discussion follows immediately afterward. Feel free to join us for both events or just one.
Free, sponsored by California Humanities.
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10:00 AM, 'Wilder Than Wild, Fire, Forests, and the Future' Film & Panel Discussion (Zoom)

Saturday, July 24, 2021

This one-hour documentary reveals how fire suppression and climate change have exposed our forests and wildland-urban landscapes to large, high intensity wildfires - and explores strategies to mitigate the impact of these fires. After the screening, stay online for a panel discussion with the filmmaker and local fire and forestry experts who will be discussing forest fires and their effects.

Wilder than Wild: Fire, Forests, and the Future

A Documentary Film Screening & Panel Discussion (all on Zoom) or sign up to watch later on Vimeo.

Wilder than Wild, Fire, Forests, and the Future. Film poster shows trees burning in a red sky.

This one hour documentary reveals how fuel build-up and climate change have exposed Western wildlands to large, high intensity wildfires, while greenhouse gases released from these fires contribute to global warming. This vicious cycle jeopardizes our forests and affects us all with extreme weather and more wildfires, some of which are now entering highly populated wildland-urban areas.

Highlighting these issues with personal experience, filmmaker Kevin White takes us on a journey from the Rim Fire of 2013, which burned 257,000 acres in the central Sierra, to the wine country wildfires of 2017, which destroyed 9,000 buildings and killed 44 people. Along the way, we learn how the proactive use of prescribed fire can reduce reliance on reactive fire suppression, we see a California tribe renew their tradition of cultural fire, and we meet stakeholder groups working with scientists and resource managers to build consensus on how to restore and manage the lands we love and depend on. 

Following the documentary screening, join us for a panel discussion with filmmakers Stephen Most and Kevin White, Elizabeth Azzuz from the Yurok Cultural Fire Management Council, Lenya Quinn-Davidson from the NorCal Prescribed Fire Council, and Battalion Chief Nick Launius - Humboldt Bay Fire to discuss the film and the current landscape of wildfires.