The theme of the August media contest was “Awareness.” Working so directly with the land and its resources, our field personnel are certainly well aware of what they have to offer, as well as the impact that humans can have on those resources. The images here certainly demonstrate this.
Our winner, Research Associate Jeremy Gilbertson, submitted the above picture, showing Lassen Volcanic National Park from the park highway on August 4th, the night the Dixie fire raced through over 100,000 acres in 24 hours. “Awareness is something we often discuss in present tense,” Jeremy explains. “Do we see all that’s going on around us? Do we know the fire danger? Do we know how to prevent fires? Do we know where to go in case of evacuation? However in retrospect, if only we were more aware of how fragile our park was, how lucky we were to see it and live it, and how fleeting our natural resources were, we would have been able to cherish it more before the droughts and winds took their toll.” The photo marks the last time that Jeremy’s crew would get to trace up the park highway before being evacuated to Crater Lake.