August 5, 2015

Newsletter #35


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Resilient Landscapes
Fire Adapted Communities
Safe and Effective Wildfire Response
In this issue:
Ashland Mayor John Stromberg shares valuable lessons learned from Cohesive Strategy implementation there.  
Photo: Kate Lighthall.


WFLC Meets to Discuss National Priorities 

The Wildland Fire Leadership Council met in Ashland, Oregon at the end of July to visit Cohesive Strategy implementation successes and hear from local collaborative partners about what it takes for success to occur.  On day two of the visit, WFLC members discussed focus areas for national action over the next 18 months including:  
  • Promoting cross boundary collaboratives;
  • Working on smoke and air quality issues;
  • Addressing environmental compliance issues;  
  • Engaging communities in Cohesive Strategy behaviors; and
  • Developing and implementing a robust communications strategy to support the identified objectives.
Read more here
Reynolds Fire, Glacier National Park, July 2015. Source: National Park Service.

Resilience - A New Approach to Fighting Fire

Stephen Pyne, Professor at Arizona State University and long-time opinion leader shares his thoughts about the unfortunate hand landscapes have been dealt over the last century and how a strategy of resilience is our best shot at improving landscapes across the West.  Read more here

Stephen Pyne will be joining the Western Region on its monthly strategy call on August 26th.  Please contact Kate Lighthall if you'd like to attend. 

A Nevada Division of Forestry helicopter drops water to signal the start of Washoe County’s Wildfire Awareness Run.

Raising Wildfire Awareness by Marathon

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Living With Fire Program, the Bureau of Land Management, Nevada State parks and Desert Sky Adventures hosted a half marathon and 5k run to raise $15,000 for the Wildland Firefighter Foundation. A creative way to also raise awareness, the course ran participants through some of Nevada's most infamous wildfire fuels such as big sagebrush, bitterbrush and rabbitbrush - including previous fire scars from 2006 and 2014 fires. What a great way to engage the community!  See more here
Field tour to explain new logging method to restore natural conditions on the Sierra Nevada.  Source: Modesto Bee. 

Timber Industry & Environmentalists Agree

Yosemite Stanislaus Solutions is a collaborative coalition that includes the timber industry, environmental groups and other agency and community partners.  Their goal is to reduce the number of trees per acre through logging efforts that will not leave clear cuts or large expanses of evenly spaced trees, but a diversified landscape with clumps of trees and various openings.  

Read more here:

The Cohesive Strategy strongly supports efforts like these that move beyond past conflicts in support of common goals to improve the resilience of the landscape.  Read more here

Fire Science Exchange Network  


Fire is a rapidly evolving field, subject to increasingly volatile natural and social processes. Science is thus at the heart of the issue, helping us understand and manage the complex dynamics that define fire. However, the integration of fire science remains a central challenge for scientists and managers alike.  
Enter the 
Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP), which has long recognized this science-management divide and has in recent years prioritized the issue through their national Fire Science Exchange Network. With its 15 regional fire science consortia, JFSP is supporting interaction and communication between fire scientists and managers, with a goal of increasing the relevance and flow of science information within the fire community. Read the full blog article here.

In support of Creating Fire Adapted Communities, we will be featuring highlights from the FAC Net blog in each newsletter.   

Upcoming Learning Opportunities

August 6, 2015 - Firewise’s “Wildland-Urban Legends” webinar.  Wildfire expert Pat Durland will determine truth or hooey to questions we all have, drawing upon his long career as a smokejumper, wildland firefighter, policy maker, insurance consultant, and wildland fire planner and educator. 1 PM EDT. Registration is open and available at the link above. 

September 24-26, 2015 - Colorado Wildland Fire Conference: Creating Fire Adapted Communities at Snowmass Village, CO.  
October 22-24, 2015 - Backyards and Beyond - Wildland Fire Education Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC.    

November 16-20, 2015 - 6th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress in San Antonio, TX.  Registration open now!

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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