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Firefighters from a variety of agencies, organizations and countries, taking notes during a prescribed fire briefing. Credit: Jeremy Bailey, The Nature Conservancy

Topic: Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire Type: Success Story / Lessons Learned

15 Lessons Learned from 10 Years of Cooperative Burning

Jeremy Bailey

An experienced wildland firefighter and prescribed fire practitioner, Jeremy works with dozens of partners to develop capacity for implementing prescribed fire. Credit: Mary Huffman, The… Read More

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  1. "I’m thinking back on Portage Lake and wishing I’d looked a little more closely — not at the glacier, but at the surrounding forests." -Lenya Quinn-Davidson. Photo credit: Mark Brennan, shared via Flickr Creative Commons

    Topic: Climate change Wildfire Type: Research Synthesis

    Science Tuesday: Frost on Fire

    Lenya Quinn-Davidson

    Climate change can sometimes feel like an abstraction, especially in places with moderate weather, like where I live on the northern California coast. Even during periods of extreme drought or severe fire weather across the West, my coastal climate… Read More

  2. In 2013, Colorado experienced severely damaging floods. But the community cultivated something important while cleaning up the damage — new, stronger relationships. Credit: Tiernan Doyle, BoCo Strong

    Topic: Collaboration Wildfire recovery Type: Interview

    Superman vs. a Network? Why I’d Choose a Network Any Day: An Interview with Tiernan Doyle

    Tiernan Doyle, BoCo Strong

    What is BoCo Strong and how did it get started? Describe its role in helping Boulder recover from the 2013 flood. BoCo Strong (located in Boulder County, Colorado) is a coalition of local, county and city governments, social service, nonprofit and… Read More

  3. What if we treated failure less like a sunset and more like a sunrise? Photo credit: Modification of a photo by NBphotostream shared via Flickr Creative Commons

    Topic: Learning networks Type: Essay

    The Four-Letter Word We Avoid at All Costs: Fail. But Should We Avoid It After All?

    Allison Jolley

    Tell me about a time that you failed. That’s one of the most classic interview questions. And the trick, supposedly, is to tell a story about a slight error that, thanks to your creativity and determination, actually led to a big victory. Acing… Read More

  4. Participants of a recent learning exchange discuss landscaping do's and don'ts outside a community building in Eagle, Colorado. Credit: Emily Troisi, Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network

    Topic: Communications / Outreach Ignition-resistant home construction Type: Success Story / Lessons Learned

    The Art and Science of Home Wildfire Evaluations

    Wendy Fulks, with contributions from Eric Lovgren

    This past spring, FAC Net asked our members some questions about their core FAC practices. We wanted to understand more about their work on, and interest in, things like: Improving local workforce capacity for mitigation work; Informing and… Read More

  5. How might working with others help you get more done, with better results? Credit: John Schultz shared via Flickr Creative Commons

    Topic: Learning networks Type: Best Practices

    Make Your Work Easier and More Effective: 5 Tips for Working and Learning with Partners

    Michelle Medley-Daniel

    Think about your to-do list. Before you get overwhelmed or distracted, take a deep breath. Are you working on something that could benefit from the perspectives of others? Maybe you are running into a problem that requires advice or new tools? Could… Read More

  6. Karuna Greenberg is the restoration director for the Salmon River Restoration Council and co-lead of the Western Klamath Restoration Partnership. Credit: Brendan Twieg

    Topic: Communications / Outreach Wildfire Type: Interview

    You Just Never Know What You’ll Get into this Time of Year: A Day in the Life with Karuna Greenberg

    Karuna Greenberg

    When you get to work on Monday morning, what are your top priorities for the week? Over the weekend, we experienced an intense thunderstorm throughout the Salmon River and across the Klamath Mountains. With it, came extensive lightning, torrential… Read More

  7. Field tours are an important component of prescribed fire outreach. Credit: Hilary Lundgren, Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition

    Topic: Communications / Outreach Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire Type: Interview

    Telling the “Good Fire” Story: Two Communities’ Prescribed Fire Outreach Efforts

    Hilary Lundgren, Kirsten Cook

    In 2016, the Washington State Legislature passed the Forest Resiliency Burning Pilot, ESHB 2928, a bill that supported a pilot to evaluate and monitor the effects of forest resiliency burning. Washington Department of Natural Resources, North-Central… Read More

  8. Blacklegged ticks carry Lyme disease. Can prescribed fire help control vectors like these? Credit: Modification of photo by Lennart Tange shared via Flickr Creative Commons

    Topic: Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire Type: Research Synthesis

    Science Tuesday: Toasted Ticks

    Lenya Quinn-Davidson

    I’m sure many of you are familiar with the kids’ book “Going on a Bear Hunt.” The family in the book is on an adventure that takes them through rough terrain: a swirling, whirling snowstorm; a deep, dark forest; thick, oozy mud; long, wavy… Read More

  9. Credit: Allison Jolley, Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network

    Topic: Collaboration Type: Interview

    Implementing the Cohesive Strategy: An Interview with Katie Lighthall

    Katie Lighthall

    How would you characterize your role in helping communities become more fire adapted? My current role with the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Strategy’s (Cohesive Strategy) Western Region is one of facilitation. I primarily assist federal, state,… Read More

  10. Credit: Modification of photo by Josué Goge shared via Flickr Creative Commons

    Topic: Collaboration Communications / Outreach Wildfire Type: Essay

    Summer Reading: 10 Wildfire and Behavior Change Books to Choose From

    Allison Jolley

    “Did you lock the house? Turn off the coffee pot? Pack the books?” That will be me next week, as my husband and I hit the road for a long-awaited beach getaway. Along with the beach towels, shade structure and sunscreen, books are at the top… Read More

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