Issue #75 – Jurisdictional complexity, adjusting to remote collaboration, Shared Stewardship resource and more…


Community Adaptation, Landscape Resilience, and Safe & Effective Response for COVID-19

This Fire Adapted Colorado blog post points out the parallels between facilitating safe, effective response for wildfires AND pandemics
“Social distancing is the same epidemiological concept as creating a fuel break. This levels the infection rate in a population in the same way that the spacing of trees and shrubs impacts how a fire moves across a landscape. The fire, or virus, still travels, but the exponential growth of each is limited allowing for effective responses by firefighters and health providers alike.”  `
~ Eric Lovgren, Wildfire Mitigation Coordinator, Fire Adapted Colorado

Resources and Best Practices for Adjusting to Remote Collaboration

The team at Sustainable Northwest spoke with collaborative leaders across Oregon and Washington and heard about the impacts the pandemic has had on their work. From these interviews, they compiled a  list of helpful hints.

New Shared Stewardship Resources

The Western Forestry Leadership Coalition has created a great web page full of resources that provide an in-depth look at examples of how shared stewardship is taking shape in various western states.
    • details about the individual state’s shared stewardship agreement or leaders’ intent document
    • highlights of the development of the agreement
    • activities in progress or planned in response
    • data information
    • partner engagement

The Fire Chasers Jurisdictional Complexity Project

Is yesterday’s fire organization equipped to deal with today’s complex wildfires?
What’s working and what’s not?”Our findings indicate NICC reported Type 1 and 2 incidents in 2018 commonly involved three or more land jurisdictions representing multiple levels of government. In terms of the most complex wildfires, we saw incidents involving up to 13 different land management jurisdictions spanning four levels of government. There was clearly a lot to co-manage.”
~ Branda Nowell, Project Co-Founder
This Wildfire Magazine article outlines the story and the findings of a 2017 research project funded by the Joint Fire Science Program that set out to learn more about how stakeholders were co-managing jurisdictionally complex wildfires. Also, check out this blog post also written by Dr. Nowell, with more co-management stories and clear recommendations for diving in and overcome barriers.

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E)
Hosting Series of Webinars About Wildfire Risk Mitigation, PSPS

In learning to live with wildland fire and in preparation for their 2020 fire year, PG&E is continuing to mitigate wildfire risk along power corridors. They’ve also taken a step further to help explain to their stakeholders how they are working to reduce risk in the field. View the webinar schedule and more information about PG&E’s Community Wildfire Safety Program.