Student wins CSPAN prize for creating wildland fire video

Linnea Gebauer prize winner CSPAN documentary competition
Linnea Gebauer, prize winner in CSPAN documentary competition.

C-SPAN announced that earlier this month that Linnea Gebauer, a 12th grade student at Klamath Union High School in Klamath Falls, Oregon, is a second prize winner in C-SPAN’s national 2022 StudentCam competition. Ms. Gebauer will receive $1,500 for the documentary, “Fire Season,” about the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy. The competition, now in its 18th year, invited all middle and high school students to enter by producing a short documentary. C-SPAN, in cooperation with its cable television partners, asked students to explore a federal policy or program and address the theme: “How does the federal government impact your life?”

In response, more than 3,000 students across the country participated in the contest. C-SPAN received over 1,400 entries from 41 states, Washington, D.C., Morocco and South Korea.

In February we reported that Ms. Gebauer had entered the competition and included her video in the article. We wrote, “It is obvious that Linnea put a great deal of time and effort into research, planning, interviewing subject matter experts, and editing the dozens of clips into the finished product. Excellent job, Linnea!”

Here again is her video:

Several government officials recorded congratulatory videos for Ms. Gebauer, including National Park Service Division Chief for Fire and Aviation Management Bill Kaage and Oregon Governor Kate Brown.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

6 thoughts on “Student wins CSPAN prize for creating wildland fire video”

  1. She’s got more on the ball than most SES and GM types in many a LMA
    Hopefully, (Hope is not a Method) She can Chair State and Private Forestry with some common sense

  2. Notes:
    1. :36-:38 Note accumulated dried downed (natural or felled, it doesn’t matter) trees and litter/slash. Compare with Germany’s forest management practices and fire record?

  3. Yes! Great job! I sent this to my city and county commissions/government as well as local newspapers and local community coalitions.
    I encourage others to do the same. Share this far and wide.
    Kiley in Moab

  4. This video was very well done and packed with contemporary information. Yes, there is a big problem! In the 1960’s a large timber fire was maybe ten thousand acres and required two weeks to contain, so what happen? Weather cycles, reduction of responsible logging practices attacked by people of the environment, wild rivers should not be use in part for lakes and reservoirs. The Forest Service has had it share of fires escape, full suppression? No quick solution to the problem. Watch out fire season 2022 is here. Once again congratulations on your video!

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