State Park Using Hashtags & Social Media to Create a Time-Lapse of Wildfire Recovery

Hashtags are nothing more than a novelty byproduct of the 21st century, right? Wrong. At least that’s the case in the minds of the scientists behind a new project that takes advantage of photography, hashtags and social media to help crowdsource a time-lapse documentation of fire damage recovery.

The initiative, known as #MorganFire02, uses signs with included brackets along the trails of Mount Diablo State Park. Said signs politely ask travelers to place their phone in the bracket, snap a photo and share the regrowth process of the land via Instagram and/or Twitter.

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The result will hopefully be an interesting time-lapse showing just how mother nature takes back her land after a fire ravishes it. As pointed out by PopPhoto, the scientific value of such an initiative is questionable, but scientific value aside, it should eventually make for an awesome video.

Rather ironically, the hashtag is currently showing more photos of the actual signs, rather than the land the signs are asking travelers to photograph, but we’re hopeful people will catch on to the real purpose sooner or later.

(via PopPhoto)

  • Jeremy Madore

    This is so simple yet so genius. By putting that bracket in place they are assuring at least SOME consistency between photos. Love the idea! It would obviously work best in areas with frequent hikers/traffic.

  • SeoulFood

    There are going to be SOOOO many copyright issues when the final time-lapse is complete!

  • Chris

    Would it fall under fair use? After all, they’d be being used for education purposes (which I believe is protected under fair use?). Furthermore, I assume that uploading the images with the hashtag provided on the sign would be construed as an admission that the photographer was happy for the image to be used for that expressed purpose.