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Rethinking resilience to wildfire

Author(s): Dave McWethy, Tania L. Schoennagel, Philip E. Higuera, Meg A. Krawchuk, Brian J. Harvey, Elizabeth C. Metcalf, Courtney Schultz, Carol Miller, Alexander L. Metcalf, Brian Buma, Arika Virapongse, Judith C. Kulig, Richard C. Stedman, Zakary Ratajczak, Cara R. Nelson, Crystal A. Kolden
Year Published: 2019
Description:

Record-breaking fire seasons are becoming increasingly common worldwide, and large wildfires are having extraordinary impacts on people and property, despite years of investments to support social–ecological resilience to wildfires. This has prompted new calls for land management and policy reforms as current land and fire management approaches have been unable to effectively respond to the rapid changes in climate and development patterns that strongly control fire behaviour and continue to exacerbate the risks and hazards to human communities. Promoting social–ecological resilience in rapidly changing, fire-susceptible landscapes requires adoption of multiple perspectives of resilience, extending beyond ‘basic resilience’ (or bouncing back to a similar state) to include ‘adaptive resilience’ and ‘transformative resilience’, which require substantial and explicit changes to social–ecological systems. Clarifying these different perspectives and identifying where they will be most effective helps prioritize efforts to better coexist with wildfire in an increasingly flammable world.

Citation: McWethy, David B.; Schoennagel, Tania; Higuera, Philip E.; Krawchuk, Meg; Harvey, Brian J.; Metcalf, Elizabeth C.; Schultz, Courtney; Miller, Carol; Metcalf, Alexander L.; Buma, Brian; Virapongse, Arika; Kulig, Judith C.; Stedman, Richard C.; Ratajczak, Zak; Nelson, Cara R.; Kolden, Crystal. 2019. Rethinking resilience to wildfire. Nature Sustainability: online early. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-019-0353-8
Topic(s): Management Approaches, Recovery after fire, Resilience, Risk
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 19928
FRAMES RCS number: 58453
Record updated: Aug 27, 2019