Issue #69 – November News: V2

Issue #69 – November News: V2

Research: Tensions Resolving for Rangeland Fire Groups/Agencies in Pacific Northwest

“…when these folks work together, the ranchers learn more about fire and how agencies operate, and the agencies learn more about what ranchers know about the land, especially the terrain.” 
lead author Emily Jane Davis
This study found that much of the conflict among entities attempting to work together to manage fire has been smoothing out with time, supporting Fire Adapted Communities and Safe, Effective Wildfire Response.

Photo: Jose Luis, 2019 Santa Fe TREX TNC/FLN

TREX Trainings Support Capacity for Safe, Effective, Controlled Burns

It’s imperative that we safely increase the area treated with controlled burns. One of the primary barriers to conducting more burns is a shortage of qualified personnel.

The Nature Conservancy and the Fire Learning Network are using the TREX model throughout the US to train more fire practitioners – directly implementing the Cohesive Strategy to support Safe, Effective Wildfire Response and create Resilient Landscapes.

Photo: Tahoe National Forest via www.yuba.net

“Wildfire Defense Act” introduced for consideration in California

“We know that more fires are coming, and we know what works to keep communities safe and help firefighters do their jobs–so let’s take action to get it done.”
~ CA Rep Jared Huffman

The bill, which supports Fire Adapted Communities and Safe, Effective Wildfire Response, would authorize $1 billion per year to support 15 actions including:

  • Improving evacuations and access for first responders
  • Addressing the specific needs of vulnerable populations, including the elderly and those with disabilities
  • Increasing the resiliency of critical infrastructure and homes

Get the details on www.insurancenews.net

Photo: USDA Forest Service

After Fire: Landscape Toolkit for The Southwest

One of the Western Region’s priorities focuses on mitigating post-fire impacts to support Resilient Landscapes and Fire Adapted Communities. This resource for managers, landowners, or communities provides guidance on assessing and preventing potential damage due to post-fire flooding and related events. Browse the site to find information on the research, methods, and tools available for measuring and reducing risks associated with post-fire flooding, debris flows, and sedimentation.
Check it out at https://postfiresw.info/

The blog includes this short video of one of the tours

Unique Tours Allow Residents and Others to Experience Prescribed Fire

“With the guidance of specially-assigned USFS tour leaders and Public Information Officers, we felt the heat and smelled the smoke, bearing witness to a return of much-needed ecological processes in this frequent-fire forest…They were inspiring days, giving us all a vision of what living with fire really looks like. “
~ Alex Graf, Montezuma/Dolores County Coordinator, Wildfire Adapted Partnership

To give local residents, stakeholders, and land and water managers a better understanding of what’s happening on the ground during a prescribed fire, Montezuma/Dolores County Wildfire Adapted Partnership and Fire Adapted Colorado arranged educational tours in coordination with the US Forest Service. Increasing the use of prescribed fire, under the right conditions, is one of the management options in the Cohesive Strategy to achieve the goal of Creating Resilient Landscapes and protecting communities.

Read more on the Fire Adapted Colorado blog

Upcoming Events

December 3-4, 2019 Wyoming Prescribed Fire Council Meeting Cody, WY.

December 13, 2019 Prescribed Fire on Private Lands Workshop Forest Ranch, CA.

December 17-18 2019 Collaborative Forest Restoration Program Annual Workshop Albuquerque, MN.

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 ConferenceGrand Junction, CO.

October 26-30, 2020 4th Annual Cohesive Strategy Workshop Asheville, NC.

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