Wilder than Wild: Fire, Forests, & the Future

What: Free Film Screening & Wildfire Panel DiscussionEventFlyer_WilderthanWild 022019.png
When: Doors open: 4:45 P.M., films begin 5:15 P.M
Where: Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad St, Nevada City
Wednesday, March 6, 2019, Nevada County Resource Conservation District and Nevada County Office of Emergency Services are partnering for a free public screening of Wilder than Wild: Fire, Forests, and the Future alongside the timely Fire and Forest Health: Your Tahoe National Forest at the Nevada Theatre.  After the films, the community is invited to join in an ongoing conversation around the new reality of living with fire in the wildland/urban interface.  There will be panelists representing a diverse cross-section of the wildfire prevention community including representatives from: CAL FIRE, Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, Nevada County Office of Emergency Services, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Tahoe National Forest, and University of California Cooperative Extension.  The panel discussion will be moderated by YubaNet Co-founder, Pascale Fusshoeller.
As a full house at the theatre is anticipated, KNCOKVMRNevada County Media, The Union, and YubaNet have joined forces to ensure everyone in the community is able to participate in this important event.  With the help of these media partners, and filmmakers Kevin White and Steve Most, the films and discussion afterward will be available on various media outlets.  Watch the film on Comcast and Suddenlink TV Channels 18 or stream online at Nevada County Media's Channel 18.  Live, community-wide, panel coverage will be available on KNCO, KVMR, The Union, and YubaNet.  Moderator Pascale Fusshoeller will be taking questions live from the audience and via e-mail at townhall@Yubanet.com.  It is our hope that through new collaborations, continued conversations and planning will take place beyond this one night.  Space in the theatre is limited; to secure your seat please retrieve your free ticket early from Eventbrite at: http://bit.ly/wilderthanwild and remember to bring it with you!  Doors will open at 4:45 pm and the films will begin promptly at 5:15 pm.
Wilder than Wild: Fire, Forests, and the Future is a one-hour documentary that reveals how fire suppression and climate change have exposed Western forests to large, high-severity wildfires, while greenhouse gases released from these fires contribute to global warming.  This vicious cycle jeopardizes forests and affects all with extreme weather and more wildfires, some of which are now entering highly populated wildland-urban areas.
Fire and Forest Health: Your Tahoe National Forest is an 11-minute film about the Tahoe National Forest and how wildland firefighters prepare for yet another fire season.  This film shows that wildland firefighters aren’t the only Tahoe National Forest employees trying to stop catastrophic wildfires and improve forest health. This film explores why the Tahoe National Forest has changed and what’s being done to reverse this trend.
There is much at stake.  Landscapes that store water and carbon, produce oxygen, and feed and shelter a diversity of wildlife are at risk.  "We are losing forests at a rate which is causing them to be a contributor to the problem of global warming,” says Mary Nichols, Chair of the California Air Resources Board.  According to fire historian Stephen Pyne, “Forests should be renewable, but with climate change and all the other problems that are going with it, we could see a large-scale conversion of forest – the equivalent of clearing it.”
Highlighting these issues with personal experience, filmmaker Kevin White takes the audience 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, viewers learn how the proactive use of prescribed fire can reduce reliance on reactive fire suppression, see a California tribe renew their tradition of cultural fire, and 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.