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  1. Meet Austin Fire Department's Wildfire Fuels Mitigation Crew. They work to help residents living in Austin's wildland-urban interface live more safely with wildfire. Photo credit: Nia Henry, Austin Fire Department

    Getting It Done: A Day in the Life with Austin Fire Department’s Wildfire Fuels Mitigation Crew

    By: Austin Fire Department

      Not all fire departments have a wildland fire division. How did yours evolve? As Travis County has expanded into previously rural areas, more of our residents… Read More

    Topic: Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire

    Type: Interview

  2. 17 Ways We Grew: Community Wildfire Resilience Lessons from 2017

    By: Allison Jolley

    2017 has been a big year. Natural disasters, including wildfires, struck numerous communities. Technology evolved in novel ways. A total solar eclipse occurred. Bitcoin became… Read More

    Topic: Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire Learning networks Planning Resilience Wildfire Wildfire recovery

    Type: Success Story / Lessons Learned

  3. Lenya gives us a refresher on the science behind why some homes burn more readily than others, with a reminder that even the most knowledgeable practitioner can always do more. Modification of photo by U.S. Department of Energy shared via Flickr Creative Commons

    Science Tuesday: Why Homes Burn (and Why I’m Reminding You)

    By: Lenya Quinn-Davidson

    I was nine years old when my dad’s family home burned in the Oakland Hills Fire. As a country kid from one of the most fire-prone counties in northern California, I was no… Read More

    Topic: Defensible space / Firewise Ignition-resistant home construction Wildfire

    Type: Research Synthesis

  4. Learn about a pilot program that assigns "stars" based on the number of defensible properties within Firewise USA™ Sites. Credits (front to back): Gary Marshall, Project Wildfire; Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization

    Raising the Bar for Firewise USA™ Sites: Oregon County Pilots a Local Firewise “Four-Star” Rating Program

    By: Gary Marshall

    In 2015, several Project Wildfire steering committee members attended the National Fire Protection Association’s Backyards and Beyond Conference. A common theme of the… Read More

    Topic: Defensible space / Firewise

    Type: Success Story / Lessons Learned

  5. "In our area, most homes are surrounded by continuous tree cover, fine fuels, abundant flammable shrubs and ladder fuels. Not only are these homes at risk, but they’re our greatest opportunities for mitigation. We hence redefined our WUI to include the built environment, as we realized that there isn’t a line where fire adapted communities stop and fire resilient landscapes begin." Modification of a photo by Don Graham shared va Flickr Creative Commons

    The Line Between Fire Adapted Communities and Fire Resilient Landscapes Isn’t Just Invisible; It Doesn’t Exist

    By: Forest Schafer, Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team

    While looking through an old hard drive, I found a homework assignment from an undergraduate silviculture class. The assignment was simple: develop a prescription for a full… Read More

    Topic: Planning Wildfire risk assessment

    Type: Success Story / Lessons Learned

  6. Aja Conrad, Karuk tribal descendant, holding the line in a white oak stand. Credit Stormy Staats, Klamath-Salmon Media Collaborative

    Good Fire on the Ground in 2017: Seven Controlled Burns to Learn From

    By: Allison Jolley

    We recently asked our members and partners to tell us about their controlled burning efforts. Seven practitioners shared stories with us; each one presenting a unique twist… Read More

    Topic: Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire

    Type: Success Story / Lessons Learned

  7. "It is all too easy to fall into the trap of focusing on what we lack. Sometimes this acts as reasoning for why we aren’t making progress. Or, it can lead us to work feverishly to compete for 'our piece of the finite pie.' Here’s what scarcity thinking doesn’t do: allow for creativity, incentivize giving, encourage experimentation, or let us feel satisfied, fulfilled and whole." Credit: Modification of photo by Stephanie shared via Flickr Creative Commons

    How Practicing “Enough” and Looking Ahead Can Support Social Innovation

    Michelle Medley-Daniel

    The Sunday after Thanksgiving I started having procrastination-anxiety. I recognized it immediately. My interest in vacuuming and folding the laundry was the giveaway.… Read More

    Topic: Learning networks

    Type: Essay

  8. "Preservation of our public lands without scientific management is reducing the prevalence of many of the species that I enjoyed as a kid. That means more threatened and endangered species. I don’t want my children to ever ask me, 'Dad, have you ever seen a golden-winged warbler?' " Photo credit: Caleb Putnam shared via Flickr Creative Commons

    Managing New Jersey’s Forests for Resiliency: Let’s Come Together

    By: New Jersey Fire Safety Council

    As a young boy, I hiked, hunted and trapped. It was common to hear quail and grouse in young forests as sparrowhawks flew overhead. Today, these birds are rare in New… Read More

    Topic: Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire Fuels treatment economics

    Type: Essay

  9. "It’s common knowledge that morels do well after fire, but what about these more mesic species — our beloved chanterelles, matsutakes and boletes?" Photo credit: Leah Grunzke shared via Flickr Creative Commons

    Science Tuesday: Fire Fungus

    By: Lenya Quinn-Davidson

    All of my friends know that I’m a bit of a holiday scrooge. Holidays involve all kinds of societal traditions that put me on edge, like setting off explosives, dressing up… Read More

    Topic: Wildfire

    Type: Research Synthesis

  10. The Forest Stewards Guild's southwest director, Eytan Krasilovsky, discusses the partnerships he's advanced, the projects he's passionate about, and what keeps him going. Photo credits: Forest Stewards Guild

    The Power of the Partnership: A Day in the Life with Eytan Krasilovsky

    By: Forest Stewards Guild

    Where does your job take you? Just yesterday, I helped lead a field tour in the Zuni Mountains landscape, where I have been working in partnership with the Cibola National… Read More

    Topic: Collaboration Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire Watershed protection / management

    Type: Interview

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