West Regional Strategy Committee
Posted July 17, 2014
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.
Posted July 17, 2014
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.
Western Regional Strategy Committee 2013 Year in Review (PDF, 4.5 MB)
Posted April 22, 2014
A YEAR OF PROGRESS
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
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.