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Mikel Robinson
Executive Director

International Association of Wildland Fire
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1418 Washburn Street
Missoula, Montana 59801 USA

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(01) (406) 531-8264
Toll Free from US & Canada:
(888) 440-IAWF (4293)

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execdir@iawfonline.org

Background

The wildland fire environment in the United States is undergoing profound ecological, social, and political changes. As a result, noticeable expansion in wildfire behavior and area burned, risk to responders and citizens, losses of homes and property, costs, and threats to communities and landscapes is occurring.  To better prepare for and address this situation, a National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy to comprehensively address wildland fire management across all lands in the United States was developed.  This Cohesive Strategy is by far the most comprehensive, timely, and applicable strategy ever developed for wildland fire management.  It sets broad, strategic, and national-level direction as a foundation for implementing actions and activities nationwide. It provides an all-inclusive and pertinent vision for wildland fire and society for the next century. 

That vision is:

To safely and effectively extinguish fire, when needed; use fire where allowable; manage our natural resources; and as a Nation, live with wildland fire.

The primary, national goals identified as necessary to achieving the vision are:

  • Restore and maintain landscapes,
  • Fire-adapted communities,
  • Wildfire response

These goals effectively cover major issues we are facing in wildland fire management now and in the future and are significant challenges that cannot be left unaddressed. 
In order to maintain focus and strengthen Cohesive Strategy activities, a national workshop was held in 2017.  This workshop addressed the role of science in supporting implementation and identified processes to ensure science integration in all planning and implementation activities.  While this workshop was very successful and significant milestone, two important lessons emerged from it.  First, since planning and implementation activities to meet challenges identified by the Cohesive Strategy have not been fully examined, there is much to be learned from experiences to date and a strong need for continuing discussions that warrant a stage like a national workshop.  Second, wildland fire issues facing society today and into the future are not declining but are, in fact, escalating.  There is a timely need to continue, and accelerate, a comprehensive program of work to focus on these issues. As a result, it has been determined that a second workshop will be held in 2018 to continue the direction established by the first workshop and to support Cohesive Strategy activities.

 

Presented by International Association of Wildland Fire

In Partnership with Wildland Fire Leadership Council (WFLC) and the Western, Southeastern and Northeastern Regional Strategic Committees

 

 

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