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Credit: Lenya Quinn-Davidson, Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network

Topic: Climate change Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire Wildfire Type: Research Synthesis

Science Tuesday: Fire History is Human History

Lenya Quinn-Davidson

I recently found myself venting about the idea of “nature.” The concept has always bothered me. There’s an inherent separatism in it—an implicit line in the sand between humans and nature, where we can and should appreciate it, but we think… Read More

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  1. Chris has advanced numerous FAC projects in the West. Shown here is a completed wildfire mitigation project in Ridgway, Colorado. Credit: West Region Wildfire Council

    Topic: Collaboration Communications / Outreach Wildfire risk assessment Type: Interview

    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

  2. As part of the Talking Talons Youth Leadership curriculum described below, students analyze different combinations of "forest fuels" in a controlled experiment. Credit: Janine Sears, Talking Talons Youth Leadership

    Topic: Communications / Outreach Type: Success Story / Lessons Learned

    Teaching Fire with Fire: A Unique Approach to Community Outreach

    Conrad Greaves, Talking Talons Youth Leadership

    If your goals are to increase awareness about forest restoration and to advance FAC, schools can be a great place to start. Over the past few months, educators from Talking Talons Youth Leadership have been delivering a forest and fire program to… Read More

  3. In many ways, FAC core values are consistent from place to place. However, two FAC practitioners, one from Leavenworth, Washington and one from Austin, Texas highlight some of the key components to being either a rural or an urban FAC initiative. Credits, from left to right: Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce; DJ Spiess and via Flickr.

    Topic: Communications / Outreach Defensible space / Firewise Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire Type: Interview

    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

  4. FAC efforts look different in different places. This blog unpacks how the rural setting of Leavenworth, Washington and the urban setting of Austin, Texas lead to some very different, yet sometimes similar, approaches to FAC. Maps not drawn to scale.

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

    Urban vs. Rural: When it Comes to FAC, What’s the Difference? [Part 1]

    Annie Schmidt, Justice Jones

    Communities learning to live more safely with wildfire come in all shapes and sizes. Regardless of whether they are rural or urban, FAC-focused communities have a great deal in common. However, there are also some setting-specific challenges (and… Read More

  5. Rural communities throughout the West are often times nestled in picturesque valleys and canyons, surrounded by forested landscapes. These attributes, although beautiful, result in the need for prudent and collaborative fire adaptation strategies. Credit: Fett via Flickr

    Topic: Collaboration Local workforce capacity Meetings / Events Type: Meeting / Event

    Scaling Out: Sharing the FAC Net with Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition

    Nick Goulette

    Two weeks ago, nearly 100 western conservation leaders came together in Troutdale, Oregon for Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition’s (RVCC) 13th annual meeting. And we all know that when landscape conservation in the West is the focus of the… Read More

  6. A FAC practitioner and his focus on partnerships and collaboration is resulting in wildfire mitigation projects and more in Boise, Idaho. Credit: Katie Gibble, Boise Fire Department

    Topic: Collaboration Communications / Outreach Defensible space / Firewise Wildfire risk assessment Type: Interview

    From Collaboration to Mitigation: A Day in the Life with Jerry McAdams

    Jerry McAdams

    Editor’s note: This post is the first blog in a new FAC Net blog series entitled, “A Day in the Life of a FAC Practitioner.” The series is meant to showcase the diversity of the FAC practice by profiling individual practitioners. If you are… Read More

  7. Recent wildfires in Kittitas County taught residents and planners a great deal about smart building codes and vegetation management. Credit: Suzanne Wade, Kittitas County Conservation District

    Topic: Defensible space / Firewise WUI codes & ordinances Type: Success Story / Lessons Learned

    Between Two Fires: Lessons Learned in Kittitas County

    Russ Hobbs, Carolyn Berglund

    Written by: Russ Hobbs, Retired Fire Chief, Kittitas County Fire & Rescue #7 and Carolyn Berglund, Public Education Officer, Kittitas County Fire & Rescue #7 Editor’s note: This blog originally appeared on the Washington State Fire… Read More

  8. Utah's new wildfire policy will stimulate more wildfire mitigation activites, such as the creation of additional shaded fuel breaks like the one shown in this picture. Credit: Jason Curry, State of Utah, Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands

    Topic: Collaboration Planning Wildfire risk assessment Type: Success Story / Lessons Learned

    Key Principles Behind Utah’s New Wildfire Policy: Engaging Municipalities and Distributing Risk

    Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands

    Written by: Jennifer Hansen, Utah Wildland Urban Interface Program Coordinator,  State of Utah, Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands All over the country, FAC practitioners and policy makers alike are discussing a critical solution to the… Read More

  9. Interagency fire crew heads to the burn site at Flat Ranch Preserve. Credit: Robert Unnasch, The Nature Conservancy

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

    Citizens Witness Successful Prescribed Burn in Idaho

    Matthew Ward

    The Nature Conservancy (TNC) recently completed 70 acres of controlled burning on TNC’s Flat… Read More

  10. USAA sharing best practices with the International Association of Fire Chiefs Wildfire Fire Policy Committee at Fire Rescue International 2016. Credit: Susan Darst, Helotes Fire Department

    Topic: Defensible space / Firewise Evacuation outreach/planning Wildfire risk assessment Type: Essay

    Fire Adaptation Strategies from Across the Nation: My Travels in 2016

    Rob Galbraith

    Since 2014, USAA has partnered with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to offer a discount on homeowners insurance for our members who live in a recognized Firewise community in several states. In 2016, I wanted to build on the success… Read More

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