Forest Service chief and New Mexico governor sign stewardship pact
“The Forestry Division and the Forest Service recognize the interdependence of the three goals of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy and jointly commit to implementing the strategy.”
Describing the increasing severity of wildfires, the pact acknowledges that tribes and pueblos are essential partners in implementing landscape and watershed implementation strategies, empowers more collaborative planning, and highlights concerns about wildfire, invasive species, drought, forest insects, and disease.
“The shared stewardship agreement will give State Forestry, a Division of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, and our partners a louder voice to set priorities for hazardous fuels reduction and ecological restoration in our state.”
From the editorial by Laura McCarthy
NM Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department
State Forestry Division Director
Central Oregon wildfire RxFire smoke plan approval strikes a balance
Hard work by the city of Bend, Oregon, and Deschutes County has paid off. They were the first to submit a smoke management plan to the state, which is now the first to be approved. The plan strikes a balance between clean air and the need for prescribed fires that improve forest health and reduce wildfire risk.
In addition – A new website makes it easy for residents to find out when and where prescribed burns are planned, which will help smoke-sensitive residents minimize their exposure.
November 2019 Cohesive Strategy Workshop Powerpoints now available
We are pleased to share the PowerPoint presentations from our very successful 3rd Annual Workshop that took place in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in November. We are providing this content on both Google Drive and Dropbox to ensure they are accessible to everyone. Enjoy!
NASF releases biennial survey results on state forestry agencies
Camp Fire Video Series – Lessons Learned
For communities, first responders, and governments
Produced by the Butte County, CA Office of Emergency Management, these short videos are a sensitive, accessible, articulate, and useful presentation of hard lessons learned from the 2018 Camp Fire, in four parts. They apply to preparedness and survival not just for wildfire, but for any disaster that might descend upon any community.
~ David Hawks, Cal Fire Chief, Butte County
December 17-18 2019 Collaborative Forest Restoration Program Annual Workshop Albuquerque, MN.
March 24-26 2020 International Association of Fire Chiefs Wildland Urban Interface Conference Reno, NV.
April 9, 2020 Pacific Northwest Forest Collaborative Workshop Hood River, OR.
April 6-8, 2020 After The Flames: Conference and Workshop Tahoe City, CA.
April 15-16, 2020 Colorado Wildland Fire Conference Grand Junction, CO.
SAVE THE DATE
October 26-30, 2020 4th Annual Cohesive Strategy Workshop – Asheville, NC.