“The West is Burning” Film Event

May 19, 2021Events

Join us for a free online screening of The West is Burning followed by a panel discussion of local and regional forest and fire professionals to share how different techniques can be used to better prepare and protect our community surrounding fire-adapted ecosystems and get to know more about the community collaboration that’s underway across Oregon’s Rogue Valley.

When: Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 6:00 pm PST

Where: Online and free! Pre-register at bit.ly/SOFRCfilmevent

The West is Burning is a 54-minute documentary that reveals the scale of wildfire issues facing the Western United States. The story analyzes the history of forest management and social conflict that led to the current conditions, which coupled with longer fire seasons, are causing unprecedented destruction.

In the film, unlikely partners come together to improve forest stewardship efforts and highlight the critical need for a unified response to climate change, land use, and forest restoration. This work emphasizes the importance of community-based solutions to these challenges. 

To register for this virtual event, visit: bit.ly/SOFRCfilmevent

Panelists for the discussion include:

  • Chris Chambers, Wildfire Division Chief for Ashland Fire & Rescue
  • Darren Borgias, Southwestern Oregon Forest Conservation Director at The Nature Conservancy
  • Marko Bey, Executive Director for Lomakatsi Restoration Project
  • Terry Fairbanks, Executive Director for Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative
  • and moderated by: George McKinley, Landowner and past Director for Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative

This event is hosted by Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition and Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative in partnership with Ashland Fire & Rescue, Ashland Forest Resiliency, City of Ashland, Lomakatsi Restoration Project, Oregon State University’s Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center, and The Nature Conservancy with funding support from Oregon Department of Forestry.