Utah’s Commitment to the Three Goals

Utah’s Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands is excited to announce the placement of Nate Barrons in the role of Catastrophic Wildfire Reduction Strategy Coordinator and Liaison to the National Cohesive Strategy (NCS). 

Nate has been an employee of the Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands since 2010 and comes to the Catastrophic Wildfire Reduction Strategy program from the Dromedary Peak fuels crew. 

The Catastrophic Wildfire Reduction Strategy is a result of Gov. Gary Herbert’s directive to develop a cooperative strategy to reduce the size, intensity and frequency of catastrophic wildland fires throughout the state. The Catastrophic Wildfire Reduction Strategy program aims to take a holistic approach to the challenges of wildland fires by following the tenets of the NCS, namely establishing resilient landscapes, creating fire adapted communities and improving response. 

The program’s initial focus has been on the implementation of fuels reduction projects throughout the state. The next steps as the program matures are to create an accurate statewide risk assessment process and formulate a statewide prioritization matrix to allow managers to focus funding delivery to the most critical locations. The goal is to achieve fiscal efficiency while addressing the three central components of the National Cohesive Strategy. 

Utah is a state with numerous land management stakeholders, and cooperation between federal, state, and municipal agencies as well as private citizens has been integral in the development of the Catastrophic Wildfire Reduction Strategy program to date. As we move ahead we look forward to the continued cooperation of all parties involved and showcasing the success of integrating the NCS with Utah’s Catastrophic Wildfire Reduction Strategy program. 

Congratulations Nate and thank you Gov. Gary Herbert for your commitment to Resilient Landscapes, Fire Adapted Communities and Safe & Effective Wildland Fire Response!