Announcing the Fire Adapted Communities 2015 Field Guide
Authors: Wendy Fulks
I’m very happy to announce that we have just published our first in-depth look at the FAC Learning Network. The FAC Learning Network Field Guide summarizes recent activities and accomplishments for the Network’s 17 hub organizations. The Guide provides a snapshot of current Network membership and includes contact information and key partner lists for each hub.
The Guide is full of photos of the people and places in the Network. Toward the end of the Guide you will see several tables that summarize the types of fire adaptation work each hub is engaged in as well as the maturity of that work.
Each Network member entry takes up one page, and the text focuses on both accomplishments as well as plans for the coming year. For example, the Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition’s Field Guide page explains that many eastern Washington residents were ill-prepared for this summer’s exceptional fires. The Coalition consulted with Network members and organizers and developed an “After the Fire” toolkit to educate people about post-fire impacts. Plans for 2015 include convening stakeholder workshops, conducting forest restoration, and coordinating biomass utilization projects.
Across the country in northeastern Georgia the Chestatee-Chattahoochee RC&D has been expanding FAC beyond Towns County to two adjacent counties. Developing more Firewise communities and evacuation planning are high priorities.
Completion and formal adoption of the Travis County, Texas Community Wildfire Protection Plan was a highlight for the Austin Fire Department hub. In 2015 the group plans to create a prescribed fire network and step up community outreach and education efforts.
There’s not space to recount the accomplishments and upcoming plans for all the Network members here. Read the guide to learn more about all that the network is doing