Attendees from Across the Globe
A Special Welcome
Interactive Presentations about Best Practices, Lessons Learned, On-the-Ground Successes
Traditional Ecological Knowledge Transfer
One of the objectives of the Workshop was to recognize the Tribal and historical use of fire and learn more about incorporating this Traditional Ecological Knowledge into current programs. Each of the panelists are experts in various natural resource professions and shared their challenges and successes around using fire as a tool for landscape resiliency and cultural burning.
Cohesive Strategy at the State Level
State Foresters from across the US provided updates and took questions about how they are implementing the Cohesive Strategy in their states. From local successes such as Community Wildfire Preparedness Plans to increasing the use of prescribed fire, they are supporting a variety of efforts across the US to make meaningful progress towards landscape resiliency, fire adapted communities and a safe, effective wildfire response.
Mitigating Post Fire Impacts
Mitigating Post Fire Impacts is a widespread topic across the US. This panel included rich conversation among experts and those with tragic experiences of significant fire events followed by devastating subsequent effects. New county building standards, pre-fire flood mitigation, mental health impacts and FEMA grant management were some of the topics the panelists covered.
A Great Day for a Field Tour
A highlight of the three day workshop was the field tour that participants enjoyed to nearby Myles Standish State Forest. Massachusetts DCR Fire staff shared their experiences and efforts around increasing the use of prescribed fire, local projects and the ecological and fire history of New England.
Defining Our Future with Wildland Fire
USDA Undersecretary Jim Hubbard closed out the Workshop, sharing his thoughts about living with wildland fire and reporting that the US Forest Service, for the first time in nine years, ended the fiscal year without depleting its fire suppression budget and having to borrow funds from other projects to fight fires. Mr. Hubbard also announced the date and location for the next Workshop:
4th Annual Cohesive Strategy Workshop
October 26-30, 2020
Asheville, North Carolina
SEE YOU THERE!!