June 17, 2015

Newsletter #33


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Resilient Landscapes
Fire Adapted Communities
Safe and Effective Wildfire Response
In this issue:

Improving Initial Attack 

In Eastern Oregon, Oregon Department of Forestry has partnered with the U.S. Forest Service to expand its response area and provide a well-equipped engine for initial attack on public lands that normally takes hours to reach and can compromise resource levels. The increased response area enhances the initial attack capacity on federal lands and strengthens an already great working relationship between state and federal land managers. The benefits are numerous. Read more here
First round of funded projects. 

$10 Million for Resilient Landscape Projects

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced $10 million in funding for projects aimed at restoring the health and fire resilience of landscapes nationwide. Ten projects were selected for treatments that will affect many millions of acres of public land.  


The Wildland Fire Resilient Landscapes Program is a new approach to achieve fire resiliency across landscapes and incorporates goals of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy and Secretarial Order 3336Rangeland Fire Prevention, Management, and Restoration.  Read more here. 


Everybody Out!

The community of Incline Village at Lake Tahoe, Nevada launched a city-wide evacuation and emergency preparedness drill on May 30th.  The event focused on bringing together all parties who might be engaged in a wildfire scenario with over 1,500 homes evacuated. Fire Chief Mike Brown from North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District led an all-star cast that included the National Guard, the U.S. Forest Service, Washoe County Sheriff's Office, Search and Rescue, the Red Cross and Animal Services - 250 responders in all. Read more here
Utah Governor Gary Herbert

Utah Adopts Goals of Cohesive Strategy

The State of Utah has adopted the goals of the Cohesive Strategy and set the wheels in motion for a robust suppression, mitigation and prevention strategy. Governor Gary Herbert signed into law new amendments to Utah's Wildland Fire Policy that specifically outline the state's responsibility for promoting wildfire preparedness, mitigation and prevention in addition to the goals of the state-wide catastrophic wildfire reduction policy - the three goals of the Cohesive Strategy. Read more here
Steep slopes and heavy vegetation in Dry Lake Hills above Flagstaff, AZ.  Source: FWPP

FWPP Wins Solutions Search Contest 

The Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project has long been a demonstration of collaborative behaviors and the power of broad community support. The FWPP recently won the People's Choice Award and $25,000 from Solution Search - a competitive contest that spotlights successful conservation activities for replication. Read more here
Restoring meadows in the Sierra Nevada. Source:

Using Traditional Native Techniques 
to Combat Wildfire and Drought 

Tribal members, scientists and the US Forest Service are collaborating to revive traditional Native American land management practices that can help contain wildfires and lessen effects of the drought.  
In the Sierra Nevada, managers are using a 1,400 year-old Native technique that focuses on restoring meadows to improve fire resiliency and the ecosystem at large. Read more

Meaningful Measures of FAC Success

How do we measure success?  "One achievement at a time," says Porfirio Chavarria, Wildland Urban Interface Specialist at Santa Fe Fire Department.

Chavarria refers to four 
environments when considering success: Built, Natural, Social and Response. There are multiple ways to quantify success in each category and the key is to recognize each achievement, even if it's small, because they lead to greater and greater successes. Read full post here

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

Upcoming Learning Opportunities

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.   

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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