Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network


Focus Areas

In 2015 Network members established seven Communities of Practice (CoPs) to advance innovation and share best practices related to priority community wildfire resilience topics. A Community of Practice is a group of people who share a common interest and want to engage in collective learning. Some of our CoPs have developed joint projects for members, while others are sharing resources and discussing ideas, needs and best practices. Each group has its own norms and ways of interacting. The CoPs are Core Member-driven, and some include experts from outside the Network. If you are interested in learning more about a particular Community of Practice, please contact us.

  • Community Wildfire Protection Planning

    Community Wildfire Protection Planning

    Across the country, Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs) vary tremendously in terms of content and utility. CWPPs pre-date fire adapted communities efforts, and there is an opportunity to improve the alignment of future CWPPs with FAC.

    The group is also interested in addressing (1) the fact that there are still thousands of communities at risk from wildfire without a CWPP, and (2) creating a human resource pool for members of the Network who have CWPP expertise.

  • Engagement & Communication

    Engagement & Communication

    The Engagement and Communication CoP is addressing the communication needs for those who are trying to engage neighborhoods and communities around fire adapted community concepts. As a group, they are working to understand the best methods, messages and messengers for communicating with different audiences about wildfire resilience, and sharing best practices and lessons learned.

  • Network Building

    Network Building

    This group is focused on building the capacity of organizations within the Network that are supporting—or planning to launch—sub-networks. The group is sharing resources and offering peer advice to members acting as “backbone” organizations for their own regional or state networks. By sharing best practices, and exploring diverse approaches to stewarding networks, this group is helping catalyze strong networks across the country.

  • Treatment Economics

    Treatment Economics

    Wildfire safety professionals, timber owners and foresters have been working for more than a decade to develop new ways for forest thinning and other fuels treatments to pay for themselves. Small trees, which are typically those targeted in forest thinning projects, generally have a low value, and in many places there is a shortage of saw mills, which can make transportation costs prohibitively high. This community focuses on a variety of strategies for making forest fuel reduction treatments more economically feasible.

  • Community of Practice for Using Fire

    Community of Practice for Using Fire

    This group is addressing barriers that are preventing the use of controlled burning and “resource benefit” wildfires at a scale that is commensurate with the problem. Barriers discussed include capacity, funding, public support, air quality regulations and difficulty tracking and reporting outcomes. Members are developing/sharing tools and best practices as well as marketing and outreach successes.

  • Watershed Management

    Watershed Management

    Our forested watersheds, and hence our water supplies, are increasingly threatened by uncharacteristically severe wildfires. This group is focused on connecting community leaders to share ideas and inspiration, and to forward strategies for long-term, locally based watershed resilience.

  • Working with Landowners/Homeowners

    Working with Landowners/Homeowners

    Participants of this CoP are developing best practices for working with both homeowners and non-industrial private forest landowners. Members have identified absentee landowners and part-time residents as audiences that are particularly challenging.

    The group is currently creating a database of homeowner incentive programs used by members.