FAC Network Welcomes 10 New Hub Organizations

By: FAC Network Participant

Topic: Collaboration Learning networks

Type: Success Story / Lessons Learned

I’m excited to announce that the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network is welcoming 10 new hub organizations and pilot communities into the FAC Network!  Beginning with our annual FAC Learning Network Workshop June 2-5 in Colorado Springs, the newest set of FAC Network leaders will be mixing it up and integrating with current Network participants, expanding the scope and scale of our efforts to diffuse FAC concepts and advance the growth of fire adapted communities nationwide.

We’ve worked hard over the last several months talking with leaders from federal and state agencies, the FAC Coalition, and other FAC partners from around the country to help identify some of the most innovative and experienced leaders in the field. The new hub organizations and pilot communities expand the reach of the Network into six additional states, increasing the diversity of social, institutional and geographic contexts represented as we strive to learn from and share the full suite of strategies being employed around the country to adapt to living with the reality of wildland fire.

We can’t wait to learn from these FAC practitioners as they share their deep experience, best practices and innovations through the Network and beyond.  We’ll be sharing some of their best work and practices through this blog, but networks are also about interactive relationships and in-person technical exchange so we hope you’ll connect with the FAC Network hub organizations as they convene and facilitate FAC learning exchanges in your area.

We say that, “everyone has a role in growing fire adapted communities.” That’s true at the community level, and I’d suggest it’s true at the state and national levels too. It’s going to take a movement, and we know you’ll find our newest round of FAC Network leaders are dedicated to building FAC into a movement that makes a difference for communities across the country.

Please join us in welcoming the following organizations and communities into the Network!

2014 FAC Network Hubs and Pilot Communities

Project Wildfire, Deschutes County, Oregon

Mercer County Soil Conservation District, Barnegat Township, New Jersey

Greater Flagstaff Forest Partnership, Flagstaff, Arizona

California Fire Safe Council, Southern California

Florida Forest Service, Baker County, Florida

Boise Fire Department, Ada County, Idaho

FireWise Council of Southwest Colorado, La Plata, Montezuma and Archuleta Counties, Colorado

Summit County Wildfire Council, Summit County, Colorado

City of Austin Fire Department, Travis County, Texas

Island Park Sustainable Fire Community, Island Park, Idaho and West Yellowstone, Montana

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