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Livestream coverage of fire protection panel discussion in Nevada City

Twisted metal and torched trees are visible from the road along McCourtney Road in Grass Valley, following the destruction of the October 2017 McCourtney Fire.
Elias Funez/efunez@theunion.com

The Nevada County Resource Conservation District and Nevada County Office of Emergency Services are partnering for a free public screening at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday of “Fire and Forest Health: Your Tahoe National Forest”alongside “Wilder than Wild: Fire, Forest and the Future” at the Nevada Theatre.

The livestream coverage of a panel discussion will begin immediately after the film screening.

Following the films, the community is invited to join an ongoing conversation around the new reality of living with fire in the wildland urban interface. Panelists represent a diverse cross-section of the wildfire prevention community including: Cal Fire, Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, Nevada County Office of Emergency Services, Nevada County Resource Conservation District, 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.

Nevada County Media, KVMR, YubaNet, The Union, and KNCO have joined forces to ensure the community participates in this event, through livestream coverage of the panel discussion. With the help of these media partners, and filmmakers Kevin White and Steve Most, the films and discussion will be available on various media channels.



Watch the film on Nevada County Media Channel 18. Live, community-wide, panel coverage will be available on KNCO, KVMR, YubaNet and The Union. Additionally, Fusshoeller will take questions from the audience and online via townhall@Yubanet.com.

Space is limited; to secure your seat please retrieve your free ticket early on Eventbrite at: ReadyNevadaCounty.Eventbrite.com. Doors will open at 4:45 p.m. and the films will begin promptly at 5:15 p.m. at the Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad St., Nevada City.




THE FILMS

“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 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 captures that wildland firefighters aren’t the only Tahoe National Forest employees trying to stop catastrophic wildfires and increase forest health. This film explores why Tahoe’s National Forests have changed and what’s being done to reverse this trend.

Source: Nevada County Resource Conservation District and County of Nevada Office of Emergency Services

KNOW & GO

What: Free film screening and wildfire panel discussion

When: 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 (doors open: 4:45 p.m.; panel discussion follows film screening)

Where: Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad St., Nevada City

Info: Film screened live at Nevada County Media, channel 18; along with live coverage of panel discussion, also available at TheUnion.com

ABOUT THE HOSTS

The Nevada County Resource Conservation District was founded on January 4, 1944 with a mission to promote responsible resource management. The NCRCD is a state mandated, not-for-profit, Special District that is neither a regulatory group nor a county entity. We are a “political subdivision” of the State of California (under California Public Resources Code, Division Nine, Section 9003), not funded by the state, and required to pay state sales tax. We are federally tax-exempt under Section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Service code and can accept donations as tax-free contributions. We receive a small percentage of revenue from property taxes of Nevada County residents. The NCRCD is governed by a board of 5 directors appointed by the Nevada County Board of Supervisors and is made up of local landowners who provide input for local resource management.

The NCRCD partners with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in assisting landowners and land managers in improving their land. The NCRCD and the NRCS provide technical assistance regarding issues that include erosion control, pond management, invasive weed control, fuels management, wildlife habitat improvement, pasture, orchard and vineyard management, and rangeland management.

The County of Nevada Office of Emergency Services (OES) is responsible for coordinating with County departments, local cities, special districts, and the community to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. OES is responsible for designing and conducting simulated disaster preparedness and response exercises and evaluating emergency staff training. OES is also responsible for maintaining the County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in a state of readiness.

OES’s Mission Statement is to develop and maintain a state of readiness in preparation for any natural, technological, or human conflict related emergency that could adversely impact residents of Nevada County. To minimize loss of lives, destruction of property and damage to the environment, and to ensure continuity of government services. Ready Nevada County is an initiative launched to support community education, and stakeholder collaboration around wildfire prevention and emergency preparedness.


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