Searching for the Gold Spot: The Wild After Wildfire

Maya Khosla/2017/31 min/Conservation

CHICAGO-AREA PREMIERE. FILM DESCRIPTION:  This film showcases the rapid and amazing comeback of the wild in forests after wildfire. The story follows teams of scientists and firefighters through the Sierra Nevada, the Cascades Mountains and beyond, and shows hundreds of living, breathing reasons why our publicly owned forests need to be saved from large-scale logging projects. The teams find rare black-backed woodpeckers, goshawks, spotted owls, their young, and many other animals using post-fire forests -- a surprise and a new sense of hope for all.

The local spin: County Forest Preserve Districts, Illinois Department of Natural Resources and many land conservation organizations use annual controlled burns to manage their natural areas. Fire removes non-native species and rejuvenates seed banks that bring new life to Illinois woodlands, savannas and prairies.

Teens and young adults encouraged to attend.

Saturday, March 3, 2 to 4 p.m. [Lake County]
Prairie Crossing Charter School, 1531 Jones Point Rd., Grayslake
Paired with the film Straws.

Enjoy a Q & A session with Straws filmmaker Linda Booker to hear about her experiences researching and making this film. Engage in a discussion with members of Lake County Audubon Society and Openlands to learn how we can protect local forests and prairies and the wildlife that live in them. Plus, chat with local groups about campaigns to reduce straws pollution, as well as other community organizations offering ways to promote sustainability in your community. Facilitator: Geoff Deigan, Executive Director of Prairie Crossing Charter School.

Doors open 30 minutes before start time. Arrive early to avoid lines and get best seats. ADA compliant accessible venue. Refreshments available.

Wednesday, March 7, 6 to 8 p.m. [West]
Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago
Paired with Urban Nature.

After the film, enjoy a conversation with Urban Nature filmmaker Dan Protess, as well as Veronica Kyle, Chicago Outreach Director of Faith in Place; and Openlands Director of Neighborhood Programs Elvia Rodriguez Ochoa. Plus, learn about local opportunities for action with Openlands’ Vice President of Development Jennifer Van Valkenburg. Facilitator: Mattie Wilson, Sustainability and Adult Programs Manager at Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance.

Doors open 30 minutes before start time. Arrive early to avoid lines and get best seats. ADA compliant accessible venue.