Fire and Water!


It’s interesting to see how media coverage affects our understanding of news stories.  One story, in particular, the Pagami Creek Fire of 2011, is notable not only for its magnitude, but also for how media covered it.

As you may recall, in late summer 2011, lightning struck dry timber near a small waterway in the BWCA several miles east of Ely, Minnesota, called Pagami Creek.  Few had ever heard of it, but in a month, the Pagami Creek Fire became one of the largest forest fires in Minnesota history, costing more than $20 million to fight and burning until the heavy snows fell.  In his lunchtime lecture on November 9th, Dr. Mark Neuzil will discuss how the fire ranks in state history, why it burned like it did, and how media coverage affects our understanding of forest fires. 

Dr. Neuzil is a professor in the Communication and Journalism department at the University of St. Thomas.  He is a national recognized expert in environmental issues and the author if six books, including the Minnesota Book Award-winning Views on the Mississippi:  The Photographs of Henry Peter Bosse.  His latest book, The Environment and the Press:  From Adventure Writing to Advocacy, won the 2009 James Tankard Award for best book in journalism and mass communication.  He is a former U.S. Forest Service licensed guide and Boundary Waters canoe instructor.

For more information and to register for this luncheon, follow this link:  Lunch'n Explore-November 9


Author:  Susan Anderson-Benson, Center Program Manager

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