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Collaborative planning to reduce risk

Author(s): Victoria Sturtevant, Pamela J. Jakes
Editor(s): Wade Martin, Carol Raish, Brian Kent
Year Published: 2007

Wildland fire knows no political boundaries, nor should efforts to address its risk. Collaboration is not a new idea; many examples of natural resource managers and community groups working together can be found in forest management planning, watershed restoration, and wildland fire suppression (Sturtevant et al. 2005). Direction from a number of sources has urged collaboration as a means to achieve wildland fire management objectives. In 2001, Congress called for 'close collaboration among citizens and governments at all levels' for the management of wildland fire, hazardous fuels, and ecosystem restoration (P.L. 106-291, cited in WGA 2001). The Western Governors' Association also outlined a collaborative approach for reducing wildland fire risks. Federal and state authorities provide incentives for collaboration, coordination, and cooperation, including recent initiatives such as the National Fire Plan (NFP) and Healthy Forests Restoration Act 2003 (HFRA) (USDA/USDI 2000; USFS 2004). Programs such as Firewise, FireFree, and Firewise Communities USA provide collaborative forums for homeowners to collectively address their risk.

Citation: Sturtevant, Victoria; Jakes, Pamela J. 2007. Collaborative planning to reduce risk. In: Martin, Wade; Raish, Carol; Kent, Brian, eds. Wildfire risk: human perceptions and management implications. Washington, D.C.: Resources for the Future Press: 44-63.
Topic(s): Fire Communication & Education
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 138
FRAMES RCS number: 1915
Record updated: Mar 5, 2019