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FAC Net blog posts are written by diverse practitioners around the world. Stories include successes, lessons learned, resources, tips and even failures related to community wildfire resilience from the author’s own perspective and voice. Please contact us if you have a story to share.


Packed up after a good day’s work, Gabriel Pineida and Natalie Pineida carry tools and gear out of the fuel-reduction site and back up the hill. Photo credit: Peninsula Open Space Trust 2020.

Onward: The Native Stewards of the Amah Mutsun Land Trust & CalFire Burn Together – the Power of Collaboration

By: Joanna Nelson

By: Joanna Nelson, with insights and review from CZU CalFire and the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band Author’s Note: This piece was written before the CZU Lightning Complex fire… Read More

Topic: Collaboration Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Type: Success Story / Lessons Learned

Editor's Note: All blog entries are reviewed and edited for length and clarity by Network staff before approval for posting.

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  1. Pages from Miriam Morrill's nature journal capturing a contemplation on a photo that was shared during the Kincade Fire, October 2019.

    A Practice in Purpose: Using Nature Journaling Practices to Help Create Fire Adapted Communities

    By: Miriam Morrill

    What if I told you there was a practice, a process you could do that would not only benefit your cognition and observation skills but also help to visually represent your… Read More

    Topic: Other

    Type: Tools / Resources

  2. Our senior population is on the rise and many are living in wildfire prone areas. Photo courtesy of Unsplash, Christian Bowen.

    Helping Our Senior Community Prepare

    By: Emily Troisi, Hannah Hepner, Abby Silver, Cynthia Latham

    This fall, I was working in my local Emergency Operations Center to support response to fires we had in my county in Colorado. My ears perked up when I heard things like,… Read More

    Topic: Equity/Inclusion Planning Preparedness

    Type: Success Story / Lessons Learned Tools / Resources

  3. Happy New Year!

    By: FAC Net Staff

    Twenty-twenty was a year of challenge and immense hardship for many people and organizations. It was a year that signaled the need for change and adaptation. In addition to… Read More

    Topic: Other

    Type: Essay

  4. Conducting a landscape resiliency assessment with other DNR colleagues: Matt Provencher, Stewardship Forester, and Ken Bevis, Wildlife Biologist, 2019. Photo by Sarah Dettmer.

    A Day in the Life of Ashley Blazina

    By: Ashley Blazina

    Editors’ Note: Recently FAC Net got a chance to catch up with Ashley Blazina, the Community Wildlife Preparedness Coordinator with the Washington Department of Natural… Read More

    Topic: Other

    Type: Interview

  5. The state of New Jersey depicted in forest tree. Photo courtesy of Canva Creative Commons.

    Partnering for Resiliency – Outside the Box

    By: Bill Brash

    Editors’ Note: Bill Brash is the founder and President of FAC Net member organization New Jersey Fire Safety Council (NJFSC) which works to to achieve Municipal resiliency… Read More

    Topic: Collaboration Learning networks Resilience

    Type: Success Story / Lessons Learned

  6. An artists' rendering of a Beaver (Castor canadensis) courtesy of McGill University Library, Unsplash Creative Commons

    If Fire Were an Animal, it Would Be a Beaver

    By: Lenya Quinn-Davidson

    What if I told you there was a force so big it affected millions of acres for thousands of years across North America? Something that altered the landscape on a grand scale,… Read More

    Topic: Other

    Type: Essay

  7. Stayton, Ore. - September 20, 2020 - WE WILL REBUILD sign erected on highway 22 overpass just outside Stayton Oregon. Photo by Jeff Markham​ / FEMA.

    Understanding Federal Post-Fire Resources

    By: Brett Holt

    Editors’ Note: Brett Holt is a Senior Stakeholder Relations Specialist with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 10 Office of External Affairs based in… Read More

    Topic: Wildfire recovery

    Type: Tools / Resources

  8. Thinning project at Chimney Springs, Flagstaff, AZ, October 2018. Photo by Neil Chapman.

    Fire First Responders and Forest Restoration, a Vital Connection: A Day in the Life of Neil Chapman

    By: Neil Chapman

    Editor’s Note: In this week’s blog we get a chance to chat with Neil Chapman, Forest Health Supervisor for the Wildland Fire Management Program of the Flagstaff, Arizona… Read More

    Topic: Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire Planning Watershed protection / management Wildfire

    Type: Interview

  9. Broom Buster Day along CA State Highway 175. Magdalena sitting front center in green vest. Photo: Maya Leonard.

    Taking Responsibility for What is Precious to Us: A Day in the Life of Magdalena Valderrama

    By: Magdalena Valderrama

    Editor’s Note: This month FAC Net’s Michelle Medley-Daniel had the opportunity to touch base with a FAC Net Core member, the indomitable Magdalena Valderrama. Magdalena… Read More

    Topic: Defensible space / Firewise Planning Preparedness Resilience Wildfire recovery

    Type: Interview

  10. Carlie Murphy presenting at a neighborhood block party in Kings Beach in 2019. Photo courtesy of the Tahoe Network.

    Listening to My Neighbors First: A Day in the Life of Carlie Murphy

    By: Carlie Murphy

    This month, FAC Net connected with one of our new members, Carlie Murphy, coordinator of the Tahoe Network of Fire Adapted Communities, to learn more about her integral,… Read More

    Topic: Communications / Outreach Watershed protection / management

    Type: Interview

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