This past week Cheryl Blake and I attended the Society of American Foresters National Convention in Spokane Washington. The convention was kicked off by the US Forest Service Honor Guard with ceremony in remembrance of the 78 firefighters who lost their lives fighting the ‘Big Blowup’ Fires of 1910. The Honor Guard did a wonderful job presenting the United States of America flag to a local museum that is in the process of putting a display together to commemorate this significant event in American history. As I stood there repeating the Pledge of Allegiance, I was very proud to be an American and a member of the Society of American Foresters.
Following on the theme of the earlier proceedings Stephen Pyne, Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability, and Regents Professor at the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University gave a thought provoking presentation about the social, political and ecological legacies of the Great Fire of 1910. Stephen has authored several wildfire books including 'Year of the Fires - the Story of the Great Fires of 1910'.
YouTube™ video: Stephen Pyne discussing his upcoming book project, the influence of the Great Fire of 1910 on US wildland fire policy and other related topics (Run time approx. 25 minutes).