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  1. Ranch Management with a Fire Adaptation Twist: A Day in the Life with Matthew Ward

    Island Park Sustainable Fire Community

    Has FAC always been a part of your job? No. In 2012, I moved to Idaho to manage the Flat Ranch Preserve. At that time, the Idaho Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) was not involved in collaborative forest restoration, nor did we have a… Read More

  2. One City’s Lifeline for All Things FAC: A Day in the Life with Alison Lerch

    Alison Lerch

    When you get to work on Monday morning, what are your top priorities for the week? I spend my first hour addressing any pressing things that have come up over the weekend. I try to meet with at least one of Ashland’s 25 Firewise Communities each… Read More

  3. Scientists and Managers Collaborate on Wildfire in the North Atlantic: An Interview with Inga La Puma

    Inga La Puma

    Tell us about the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange and why it connects scientists and managers. The North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange is one of 15 exchanges throughout the country funded by the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP). Our goal is… Read More

  4. Training Youth, Collaborating with Private Landowners and a Sense of Humor: A Day in the Life with Krys Nystrom

    Krys Nystrom

    How did you start working on FAC? I started working on fire adapted communities (FAC) at the Santa Fe County Fire Department (SFCFD) in 2008. I was hired as a temporary fuels crew member under a New Mexico Collaborative Forest Restoration Program… Read More

  5. The Role of the Bureau of Land Management in FAC: An Interview with Richard Parrish

    Richard Parrish

    Richard Parrish graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in natural resources. He currently works for the Spokane District of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as the assistant fire management officer. He has worked for the… Read More

  6. Bringing Private Landowners into the Fold: A Day in the Life with Ed Keith

    Ed Keith

    Has FAC always been a part of your job duties in your current position? Yes, I’d say FAC has always been a part of my current job, though we may not have called it that early on. My title, county forester, leads some people to think that I… Read More

  7. Working with Fire-Prone Communities in the Northeast: An Interview with Maureen Brooks

    Maureen Brooks

    Maureen Brooks is a cooperative fire specialist on the fire and aviation staff for the Northeastern Area, State and Private Forestry, USDA Forest Service (NA SPF). In her role, she provides technical assistance to 20 northeastern states regarding… Read More

  8. Safety and Service First: A Day in the Life with Mike Davis

    Mike Davis

    What led you to work on community wildfire resilience? I began working to promote Firewise programs and prevention activities as far back as 2008. Later, I read about the concept of fire adapted communities in the National Cohesive Wildland Fire… Read More

  9. Community-Focused Mitigation Programs and Resources: Interview with Chris Barth

    Chris Barth

    Chris Barth is a fire mitigation and education specialist with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Chris has worked for volunteer, municipal, county and federal agencies in fire management since 1992. During his career, he has worked with the… Read More

  10. Urban vs. Rural: When it Comes to FAC, What’s the Difference? [Part 2]

    Annie Schmidt, Justice Jones

    Editor’s note: In this post, Justice Jones of the Austin Fire Department and Annie Schmidt of the Washington Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network (formerly with the Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition) continue the conversation regarding… Read More