Ed Brunson
Deputy Program Director, Joint Fire Science Program
John O'Connor
Cohesive Wildfire Strategy Coordinator, ODF Southwest Oregon District
Chuck Bushey
Past President, IAWF and President, Montana Prescribed Fire Services
Tami Parkinson
Lead Fire Application Specialist, USFS Wildland Fire Management RD&A
Craig Goodell
Fire Ecologist
Fire, Fuels & Aviation Mgmt.
BLM OR & WA/ USFS R6 & R10
Mikel Robinson
Executive Director, International Association of Wildland Fire
Katie Lighthall
Coordinator, Western Region National Cohesive Wildland Fire Strategy
Toddi Steelman
Executive Director and Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan
Larry Mastic
Coordinator, Northeast Region National Cohesive Wildland Fire Strategy
Joe Stutler
Senior Advisor, Deschutes County, Wildland Fire Cohesive Strategy, Western Region Co-Chair, IAFC, Wildland Fire Policy Committee
Jack McGowan-Stinski
Program Manager, Lake States Fire Science Consortium (LSFSC)
Gary Wood
Coordinator, Southeastern Region National Cohesive Wildland Fire Strategy
Michelle Medley-Daniel
The Watershed Center
Tom Zimmerman
President, International Association of Wildland Fire
Tom Montoya
Forest Supervisor, Forest Service, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
Mike Zupko
Executive Manager, Wildland Fire Leadership Council (WFLC)


Join us in supporting and/or attending the 2nd Annual National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy WorkshopMaking a Difference – Building Capacity, Improving Preparedness, and Learning from Experience in Reno, Nevada, March 26—29, 2018.

The International Association of Wildland Fire is presenting this workshop in partnership with the Wildland Fire Leadership Council (WFLC) and the Western, Southeast and Northeast Regional Strategy Committees.

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.

Sponsorship Packages  
Let us build tailored sponsorship packages to suit your organization’s needs. Some options might be to sponsor a meal or networking/social break, a speaker, or attendee materials. Sponsors will be given the opportunity to set up a display or make a short presentations or demo to the attendees.

For further information or to secure your preferred sponsorship option please contact Mikel Robinson by email [email protected] or phone (406) 531-8264.

We are expecting 200 + individuals who will come together to discuss the Cohesive Strategy. The audience will include Federal, State, and local decision makers at all levels.

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Sponsorship Prospectus (PDF)

Travel Information


Peppermill Resort Spa Casino
2707 South Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89502, US


We have reserved a block of rooms at Workshop Hotel in Reno, Nevada.

Click here to make your reservations.

The guaranteed rate is $89/night + Taxes and Fees.

Make your reservation by March 12, 2018 to receive the guaranteed rate.


Reno – Tahoe International Airport (RNO) is serviced by Alaska Air, Allegiant, American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, United and Volaris Airlines. Flight Info

Ground Transportation

The Peppermill Spa Casino has a complimentary shuttle to and from the airport, leaving every 30 minutes.

Reno, NV Area Info



Registration is now open for the 2nd Annual National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Workshop in Reno, Nevada.

Registration includes admission to all workshop sessions and social activities.

Registration Rates

Regular – $125 (Before March 1, 2018)

Regular – $175 (After March 1, 2018)

*USFS Employees – $0

Note: *USFS Employees: During the initial planning stages for this workshop, we received some incorrect information regarding how it fits within Meetings Management requirements.  We have been made aware of the correct information and you will need to go through the Meetings Management process to gain approval to attend.  If you would like to attend, please email Chris Farley to express your interest no later than December 1st.  We apologize for this misinformation, we hope that everyone who is interested in moving this very important topic forward will be able to attend.

If you need assistance with gaining approval to attend the CS Workshop, please contact us.

All others may also qualify for waived registration, please contact us for more information.

Register Today

Presented by International Association of Wildland Fire

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