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Living with wildland fire in America: Building new bridges between policy, science and management

Author(s): John Hall, Paul F. Steblein, Colin C. Hardy
Year Published: 2018
Description:

In his October 26, 2017 commentary in these pages (Wildfire Magazine 26.4; 4-5), Dr. Tom Zimmerman highlights a number of ongoing and future challenges faced by wildland fire management. To address these challenges he also identifies an important role for science and in particular management-relevant wildland fire research. Here, we first briefly elaborate on Dr. Zimmerman’s challenges and how they relate to new opportunities for the role of science in wildland fire management. Second, we focus on three additional institutional or “cultural” barriers or divides that could helpfully be acknowledged and addressed when forging a path forward for wildland fire research and its necessary companion: science delivery. As commenters on these matters, the authors represent only a small portion - even within the federal wildland fire science community - of those responsible for or interested in the funding, execution, and delivery of actionable science to end users. Nevertheless, we represent key programs with specific missions to serve federal wildland fire-related science, management, and policy information needs.

Citation: Hall, John A.; Steblein, Paul F.; Hardy, Colin C. 2018. Living with wildland fire in America: Building new bridges between policy, science and management. Wildfire. 27.3: 16-19.
Topic(s): Fire Policy & Law
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 18316
Record updated: Nov 7, 2018