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WRSC eNewsletter, April 13, 2015. Wildfire and prescribed fire, Oregon model program, Community Wildfire Preparedness Day, The Fire Next Time, Big Bear chipping, Two Goats Watershed Restoration. Read more…
WRSC eNewsletter, March 18, 2015. New Partnership in California, Key Environmentalists Support Restoration Effort, National Park Service 5-Year Wildland Fire Plan, Post-Fire Logging, Joint Chiefs Projects. Read more…
WRSC eNewsletter, February 11, 2015. Plumas new collaborative, empowering communities, Utah BLM fuels treatments, community assistance grants, and recovery and restoration in Colorado. Read more…
WRSC eNewsletter, January 15, 2015. New sagebrush and rangelands strategy, long-term thinning in Arizona, preparing for next fire season, and University of Alaska Sponsors New Hand Crews. Read more…
WRSC eNewsletter, December 12, 2014. Spotting wildfires around Lake Tahoe, Hawaii updates CWPPs, "Emissions and Smoke", and Council of Western State Foresters 2014 Accomplishment Report. Read more…
WRSC eNewsletter, November 24, 2014. Strategy to protect sage grouse habitat, WRSC's implementation plans, avoided costs of wildfires, U.S. Forest Service restoration goals, true costs of wildfire. Read more…


Regional Transition Plan 2014-2015 From Planning to Implementation

Posted November 21, 2014

National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy logo.

The Wildland Fire Leadership Council (WFLC) is currently transitioning to a more involved, transformational and broadened leadership to promote greater collaboration, flexibility and continuity leading to the social, political and cultural change necessary to leverage success and achieve the three goals of the Cohesive Strategy: Resilient Landscapes, Fire Adapted Communities, and Safe, Effective and Efficient Wildfire Response.

The Southeast, Northeast and Western Regional Strategy Committees (RSCs) recognize the completion of the National Strategy and the National Action Plan and the subsequent transition at the national level to implementation across the nation.

The RSCs are committed to providing the strategic leadership, the collaborative structure and environment, strategic communications and facilitating the tactical actions necessary to achieve meaningful, on-the-ground results.

Guide to Fire Adapted Communities (PDF)

Posted July 17, 2014

Guide to Fire Adapted Communities cover.

The Fire Adapted Communities Coalition has published the “Guide to Fire Adapted Communities”. This is a go-to reference that explains the concept of fire-adapted communities, and draws from experiences of real communities and from wildfire science to explain the steps to wildfire preparedness. Adapting a community to wildland fire requires deliberate and sustained collaboration among community and fire management leaders. Collaboration can build partnerships, solve difficult problems, and resolve conflicts. Chapter 5 clearly explains how the groups in a fire-adapted community can work collectively to reduce ignition risks to landscapes and the built environment.

Download the guide (PDF)…

After Wildfire, A Guide for New Mexico Communities

Posted July 17, 2014

After Wildfire home page.

Communities prepare for wildfire, but how prepared are they to deal with the after effects of wildfire - such as post-fire flooding and erosion - which can cause more destruction than the fire itself? New Mexico State Forestry and partner agencies have created an online guide that offers information on mobilizing the community, agencies and organizations to contact for help, the effectiveness and application of post-fire land stabilization treatments, flood information, and more. The Guide is designed to be used as a website (each page is printable) and has hyperlinks to many additional resources. Much of the Guide, particularly the section on post-fire stabilization techniques, is useful information for people in other western states.

See the "After Wildfire Guide"…

Western Regional Strategy Committee 2013 Year in Review (PDF, 4.5 MB)

Posted April 22, 2014

Cover of Western Regional Strategy Committee 2013 Year in Review


The Western Regional Strategy Committee (WRSC) entered 2013 with significant goals - complete the Western Regional Action Plan and begin implementation of the highest priority actions. With a new Regional Coordinator on board and a fierce commitment to leveraging collaborative behaviors, the remainder of 2013 saw tremendous advances in institutionalizing a culture of “working better together.”

Secretaries Jewell and Vilsack signed “The National Strategy: The Final Phase in the Development of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy

Posted April 9, 2014

Cover of The National Strategy: The Final Phase in the Development of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy

The National Strategy: The Final Phase in the Development of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy (PDF, 3.8 MB) represents the culmination of the three-phased Cohesive Strategy effort initiated in 2009. The National Strategy establishes a national vision for wildland fire management, defines three national goals, describes the wildland fire challenges, identifies opportunities to reduce wildfire risks, and establishes national priorities focused on achieving the national goals.

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