This project will create a Virtual Reality exhibit at the World Forestry Center in Oregon, helping 150,000 people understand the importance of sustainable forest management against the backdrop of a growing population.
Every person on the planet needs forests to exist. Yet, US citizens make daily decisions (through consumption) that ultimately damage forests in other countries. This exhibit aims to virtually transport visitors to the forests of Brazil, China, Malaysia, Germany, Nigeria, Nicaragua, and the Western US (as examples) to educate and inspire. People need to understand forests and their dependent communities so they can make choices for smart forest management.
Virtual immersion in a forest, quickly tells the story of a complex forest ecosystem, engaging the visual senses of of visitors and helping them understand the role forests play in community vitality. From filtering water, stabilizing soil, fueling cookstoves, or providing lumber for houses, forests give us the resources we need to grow into the future, sustainably.
We expect this exhibit to reach 150,000 locally and potentially more than a million through online distribution of the virtual reality files. The more people who understand and appreciate forests, the more likely our society will be able to manage this resource into the future.