April 13, 2015

Newsletter #31


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Resilient Landscapes
Fire Adapted Communities
Safe and Effective Wildfire Response
In this issue:
Low intensity activity on the Skunk Fire, AZ, 2014. Source: Inciweb.

Managing a Wildfire and Rx Fires Together

The Skunk Fire presented a keen opportunity in 2014 to manage a large fire for the benefit of the landscape at the same time as several prescribed fires - all with the trust and support of their agencies and nearby communities. Watch this video for a great demonstration of creating resilient landscapes, fire adapted communities and a safe & effective wildfire response.  
Oregon Governor Kate Brown, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and
USDA Deputy Undersecretary Ann Mills. Photo: Joe Stutler


Model Program in Oregon

 In a model collaboration with county, state, federal, tribal and non-governmental partners, ranchers and private landowners are entering into Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances (CCAAs) to voluntarily agree to manage their lands to remove or reduce threats to species. These unprecedented agreements will allow people to continue to pursue their livelihoods while protecting millions of acres of sagebrush habitat, even if the sage-grouse gets listed.  See more here.

Community Wildfire Preparedness Day - May 2nd

NFPA's National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is May 2nd and hundreds of communities are participating in a variety of ways to engage residents in preparing for wildfire season.  From neighborhood clean up events to specific educational campaigns, the Cohesive Strategy encourages collaborative efforts at the local level to make a difference! See film here.
Rim Fire, Stanislaus National Forest & Yosemite National Park in California, 2013  

The Fire Next Time

In this short film, filmmakers examine how problematic policies, fuel build-up, and climate change have endangered America's forests. Working collaboratively to address issues is the key to success. See film here.
Discussing fire ecology, recent fire history, and management complexity with
conference participants atop Mt. Lemmon. Photo: Kate Lighthall

Secret Society of Cooperative Extension

Over 100 participants attended the Cooperative Extension Educators Workshop in Tucson, AZ in March.  Extension Agents and Associates, leaders in the wildland fire community and community leaders came together to hear how Extension efforts can and are making a difference in the prevention and preparation for unwanted wildfires. See more here.

Successful Chipping Program in Big Bear

In collaboration with California State Fire Assistance and California Fire Safe Councils, Big Bear Fire Protection District runs an incredibly successful chipping program for its residents. They've chipped 160 tons of material that was removed from 130 acres!  Read more here.
Work beginning in the Sacramento Mountains. Photo: Frank Silva, NMSF

Two Goats Watershed Restoration 


New Mexico State Forestry is beginning restoration and resiliency work in heavily wooded forestland in the Sacramento Mountains.  Using state funding, the goal is to reduce tree density on federal lands, lower the threat of catastrophic wildfire and protect communities and their water supply.  See more here.


Upcoming Learning Opportunities

April 20-24, 2015 - 13th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit and 4th Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire Conference in Boise, ID.   

May 2, 2015 - National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

September 24-26, 2015 - Colorado Wildland Fire Conference: Creating Fire Adapted Communities at Snowmass Village, CO.  
November 16-20, 2015 - 6th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress in San Antonio, TX.   

Articles and information from around the West that demonstrate collaborative efforts and meaningful progress towards Resilient Landscapes, Fire Adapted Communities and Safe & Effective Wildfire Response.

Contact:  Kate Lighthall, WRSC Coordinator:

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