4th Annual National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Workshop
Asheville, North Carolina
October 26-30, 2020

Hard Truths, Fantastic Failures and Magnificent Successes of Cross-Boundary, Landscape Level and Community-Wide Implementation

Since the inception of The National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy , we have learned that there are multiple “hard truths” of living with fire that must be accepted in order to make meaningful progress towards the three national goals of Resilient Landscapes, Fire Adapted Communities and a Safe, Effective, Risk-Based Wildfire Response. We have also experienced multiple opportunities where learning continues around:

  • Significant wildland fire events that are changing the way future fires are addressed,
  • “Fantastic Failures” where alignment of ideas and resources did not produce the desired outcomes,
  • “Magnificent Successes” where collaborative, cross-boundary collaboration, prioritization and investments have led to better wildland fire and landscape scale outcomes,

The 4th National Cohesive Strategy Workshop will center on these themes, and focus sharply understanding how the guiding principles and management options are making meaningful progress towards the three goals, to create a learning environment for attendees.

The National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy was finalized in 2014 to provide a strategic framework for comprehensively addressing wildland fire issues and management utilizing an “All Hands, All Lands” approach across all landscapes and communities at risk in the United States. The Cohesive Strategy is by far, the most comprehensive, timely, and applicable strategy ever developed to address these issues. The national goals stated above reflect the major issues we are facing now and in the foreseeable future and cannot be left unaddressed.

The Cohesive Strategy identifies broad, strategic, and national-level direction as a foundation for implementing actions and activities nationwide; providing an all-inclusive and relevant vision the next century:

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 previous three workshops (the first two in Reno, Nevada and the third in Plymouth, MA) focused on themes consistent with implementation and application of the Cohesive Strategy as well as showcasing relevant efforts across the country.

The 4th Annual National Cohesive Strategy Workshop focus on the following topics and questions:

  • In addition to understanding the national goals, what are the Guiding Principles and Management Options of the Cohesive Strategy and how can we implement those locally and at scale?
  • What are Hard Truths of living with wildland fire and how can we better communicate this understanding to our stakeholders?
  • What are we learning from our experiences?
  • How can these lessons be communicated to local, regional and national stakeholders more effectively?
  • How can we better coordinate, collaborate and prioritize actions across boundaries and jurisdictions to improve collective outcomes and resiliency at landscape scales?
  • What is shared risk and shared responsibility and how can we move past the “blame game” to work better together for better wildland fire outcomes?
  • How do we utilize and blend new and emerging technology and the best available science to support practices and collaborative, prioritized actions?
  • How do we better prepare for the fire year in terms of landscape resiliency, fire adapted communities and wildfire response?

The 4th Annual National Cohesive Strategy Workshop will step beyond previous workshop events to dive deeper into the conversations stimulated above and provide potential solutions to these questions that practitioners, managers and all stakeholders can apply within their own organizations. The Workshop will deliver opportunities for participants to do more than just listen to presentations. All sessions will be interactive and involve audiences through a variety of facilitation techniques and exercises.

The overall objective of the 4th National Cohesive Strategy Workshop is to facilitate an interactive forum for participants around the stated topics for shared learning and provide practical information they can utilize in their own organizations. In addition, Workshop leaders will collectively document session outcomes to provide a summary for local, regional and national stakeholders.

Who should attend?

This Workshop is considered “mission critical” for anyone working on these issues in local, state, Tribal and federal agencies and organizations as well as non-governmental organizations and private companies. There is no other forum in the nation that provides these opportunities.

  • State, Federal and Tribal land managers, agency administrators and fire managers
  • Federal, State and Private natural resource planning specialists
  • Local planning officials
  • Emergency management and law enforcement personnel
  • Wildfire risk reduction and post fire recovery practitioners
  • County and city management
  • Utilities management
  • Insurance industry leaders

Important Dates & Deadlines

  • Call for Presentation Proposals Open – March 16 – June 2, 2020
  • Registration Opens – July 13, 2020
  • Authors Notified – July 31, 2020
  • Program finalized – August 21, 2020
  • Hotel Room Block Expires – September 25, 2020
  • Workshop Asheville, NC – October 26-30, 2020

IAWF Principles of Conduct

Embracing Diversity and Inclusion: Being a diverse and inclusive organization will enable the International Association of Wildland Fire to learn from others, grow our understanding, and find new ways to address, understand and implement solutions to complex problems. The IAWF desires to maintain a positive, empowering, inclusive and innovative culture that enables all members of the fire community to feel safe and valued when contributing to the IAWF. We want to operate in a flexible and open manner to meet our membership’s needs and to help members achieve their fullest potential.

Read IAWF’s Full Diversity and Inclusion Policy

Principles of Conduct – Living Our Values – Leading by Example
In the conduct of personal and professional matters, IAWF places high importance on the values of integrity, responsibility and reputation. We are committed to maintaining high standards both within the organization and in our dealings with others in our daily lives. Our leadership has developed these Principles of Conduct to define our accepted and unacceptable ethical behaviors. We have established guidelines for all members at all times and non-members who may be participating at any IAWF conducted activities. It helps ensure that IAWF promotes, achieves, and maintains high standards of practice and it provides a benchmark for members and non-members participating in IAWF activities to use for self-evaluation.

All workshop attendees are required to read and agree to adhering to the Principles of Conduct.
Read IAWF’s Full Principles of Conduct

If You Witness or are Subjected to Unacceptable Behavior
If you are subjected to unacceptable behavior, notice that someone else is being subjected to unacceptable behavior, hear of any such incidents, or have any other concerns, please notify an IAWF representative immediately and report the incident. There will be several means to report any occurrences of inappropriate behavior. These include:

  • Face to face:
    • Any IAWF officer, Board Member, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee member, or any IAWF individual wearing a Planning Committee nametag, a session moderator, or anyone staffing the registration or IAWF tables are designated IAWF representatives and you can talk to them.
    • Someone will nearly always be at the at the Workshop registration desk and you can report to them and they will contact an IAWF designated representative.
  • Anonymous reporting:
    • Use the Spot application.
    • Connection links and scan codes are provided in mobile app and on posters around the facility.
    • The link to report for an IAWF event or IAWF involvement from your computer or phone is: TALK TO SPOT LINK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family Friendly Conference

If you are breastfeeding or traveling with children, please let us know in advance so we can make your time at the workshop more comfortable. We will have a quiet nursing room for breastfeeding and pumping and we can help find childcare close to the conference location.

Accessibility

We are committed to ensuring the needs of all our guests are met. If you have any special needs, please let us know in advance so we can accommodate you.

Call for Workshop Session Proposals (Download PDF)

SUBMIT PROPOSAL

Submit your Proposal by June 15, 2020

In our collective effort to facilitate greater understanding and application of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy, we are designing an innovative, constructive and thought-provoking learning event for practitioners and decision-makers around this year’s theme: Hard Truths, Fantastic Failures and Magnificent Successes of Cross-Boundary, Landscape Level and Community-Wide Implementation.”

The focus for this workshop will be on interactive sessions which actively engage participants, organized around compelling objectives for learning. It is our intent that participants leave the workshop with information that can help them implement tactics and strategies that increase the understanding and use of the Cohesive Strategy Guiding Principles and Management Options.

How can you move beyond a PowerPoint to create such a session? We’ve provided suggestions and resources below. Please review this entire page before preparing your session proposal. Below you’ll find a range of potential topics and examples of session types you might propose. Workshop sessions will be designed to involve the audience in more than just Q & A. We will work individually with session leaders to adapt session topics to active learning formats for maximum learning outcomes. Please use these as ideas as you consider your proposal. Creative, engaging sessions that help participants learn from and connect with each other is the ultimate goal.

We are seeking sessions that feature subjects such as, but are not limited to:

  • Where do we see effective or ineffective cross-boundary, landscape-scale, management treatments?
  • What barriers are getting in the way of doing more and how do we overcome them?
  • What fantastic failures have occurred that we can learn from to change the way we are doing business for better wildland fire outcomes?
  • What are we learning about the “hard truths” of living with wildland fire – what are stakeholders learning to accept to make meaningful progress towards Resilient Landscapes, Fire Adapted Communities and a Safe, Effective, Risk-Based Wildfire Response?
  • How are policy changes at local, state, Tribal and federal levels that contribute to greater implementation of the Cohesive Strategy?
  • How can we improve pre-season stakeholder collaboration and coordination that results in the co-management of risk and allowances for managing fire for resource benefit?
  • How can we increase the use of prescribed fire through an “All Hands, All Lands” approach?
  • How can research findings have a bigger impact in the field with positive results in the implementation of Cohesive Strategy Management Options?
  • How do we better engage communities around community-wide wildfire prevention and prepare those at high risk for large, long-duration wildfires?
  • What new and emerging technologies and science can be better leveraged to support practices and collaborative, prioritized actions?
  • How do we move past the “blame game” to work better across boundaries and jurisdictions for better wildland fire outcomes?
  • What else do we need to be learning about to demonstrate how to make meaningful progress towards Resilient Landscapes, Fire Adapted Communities and a Safe, Effective, Risk-Based Wildfire Response?

Please identify what format you’re proposing for your session.

Each session must go beyond the standard presentation format to include audience participation as a tool for shared learning. A few formats are below but you are not limited to these. We encourage you to be creative! We will be working with each successful proposal leader to develop and enhance session interaction.

Please identify what your proposed content will provide for participants in the context of the Cohesive Strategy.

Will you be facilitating development of action items in your session or leave participants with information or models they can replicate back home?

Available session opportunities are:

  • One-hour interactive sessions, facilitator provided if needed.
  • One-and-a-half-hour interactive sessions, facilitator provided if needed.
  • Poster sessions – must meet intention to leave participants with information and/or a model that can be replicated back home.

 Some resources for creative, interactive workshop sessions:

SUBMIT PROPOSAL

If you have any questions, contact:

Mikel Robinson
International Association of Wildland Fire
+01-406-625-7059
Email

Steering Committee

Helen Mohr (co-chair)
Forester, USFS Southern Research Station / Director of Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists

Tami Parkinson (co-chair)
Lead Fire Application Specialist, USFS, Wildland Fire Management RD&A

Joe Stutler (co-chair)
Senior Advisor, Deschutes County
Wildland Fire Cohesive Strategy, Western Region Co-Chair
IAFC, Wildland Fire Policy Committee

Gary Wood (co-chair)
Coordinator, Southeastern Region National Cohesive Wildland Fire Strategy

Marjie Brown
National Strategic Communications Lead – Cohesive Strategy
Managing Editor – Wildfire Magazine
Digital Communications Lead – IAWF

Chuck Bushey
President, Montana Prescribed Fire Services
Past President, IAWF

Dave Celino
Massachusetts DCR
MA DCR Amherst Field Office

Craig Goodell
Fire Ecologist, Bureau of Land Management
Northern Rockies Coordination Center

Darryl Jones
Fire Chief for SC Forestry Commission
Co-Chair for the SRSC

Katie Lighthall
Coordinator, Western Region National Cohesive Wildland Fire Strategy

Kelly Martin
(ret) Chief of Fire and Aviation, Yosemite National Park, National Park Service, Pacific West Region

Larry Mastic
Northeast Regional Strategy Committee Coordinator

Branda Nowell
NC State University

Tom Brady
Executive Director
Northeastern Forest Fire Protection Commission

Mikel Robinson
Executive Director, International Association of Wildland Fire

Nick Skowronski (NAFSE)
US Forest Service

Kim Skufca
International Association of Wildland Fire

Tom Zimmerman
Past President, International Association of Wildland Fire

Mike Zupko
Executive Manager, Wildland Fire Leadership Council (WFLC)

Program Committee

Katie Lighthall (Chair)
Coordinator, Western Region National Cohesive Wildland Fire Strategy

Dave Celino
Massachusetts DCR
MA DCR Amherst Field Office

Jennifer Fawcett
Extension Associate & SERPPAS Prescribed Fire Work Group Coordinator
NC State Extension
College of Natural Resources

Kelly Martin
(ret) Chief of Fire and Aviation
Yosemite National Park, National Park Service
Pacific West Region

Branda Nowell
NC State University

Nick Skowronski (NAFSE)
US Forest Service

Tom Zimmerman
Past President, International Association of Wildland Fire

Mike Zupko
Executive Manager, Wildland Fire Leadership Council (WFLC)

Venue

DoubleTree Asheville Biltmore
115 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, North Carolina
1-828-274-1800
Maps & Directions

Hotel Accommodations

We have reserved a block of rooms at the workshop venue, DoubleTree by Hilton Asheville – Biltmore, at the Federal Per Diem rate, currently $123/night plus tax.  The room block will expire on September 25th, book early for the best rate.

Online Reservations

DoubleTree by Hilton Asheville – Biltmore is located near the Blue Ridge Parkway and Biltmore Estate, as well as within walking distance to unique, locally-owned dining and shopping options in Historic Biltmore Village. Convenient shuttle service is available to downtown Asheville and Biltmore Village, scheduled from 4pm-10pm on weekends and upon request during the week. The hotel also serves as a pickup location for Asheville Rooftop Bar Tours, a historical hop through Asheville as guests visit Asheville’s rooftop bars

Amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi access, a picturesque outdoor courtyard and an indoor pool and whirlpool.

Airports

Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) (12 miles)

Greenville-Spartanburg Airport (GSP) (70 miles)