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Alison Lerch

Alison Lerch

Salida, CO 81201

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CO 81201
  • Business wildfire resilience
  • Community Wildfire Protection Plans
  • Fire prevention education
  • Firewise Communities / Defensible space
  • Ignition-resistant home construction
  • Wildfire recovery
  • Wildfire risk assessment
  • WUI codes and ordinances

Alison Lerch is the Wildfire Mitigation Program Manager for Coalitions and Collaboratives, LLC. She was previously the Fire Adapted Communities Coordinator with Ashland Fire & Rescue in Ashland, Oregon from 2015-2019 and the WUI Coordinator for Forestry, Fire & State Lands in Moab, UT from 2007-2014. Alison has a degree in Forestry with an emphasis in Rural Sociology and Forest Ecology. She has been working with landowners to increase wildfire resilience since 2007, and has extensive knowledge in community fire planning, community engagement and grant writing.

Action, Implementation & Mitigation (AIM) Grant

Alison is the Project Manager for the AIM Grant, a program through Coalitions & Collaboratives, Inc. to help accelerate fire adapted community concepts and reduce the risk from wildfire in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) across the United States. By increasing capacity and on-the-ground work, the program will increase community resilience, restore fire adapted ecosystems and create safer conditions for firefighters and communities. The AIM program is co-sponsored by the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. The AIM program is currently funding 16 organizations across the United States (Oregon, Washington, Montana, Colorado, Minnesota, Arizona and New Mexico).

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Previous Professional Experience: Ashland Fire & Rescue

Ashland Fire & Rescue is a national leader in the Firewise USA program. Ashland engaged with Firewise USA after the 2010 Oak Knoll Fire, and 33 registered neighborhoods within the city limits (six square miles). The program works with citizens to collaboratively reduce wildfire hazards around homes, neighborhoods and our community. Ashland Fire & Rescue has been fortunate to use Title III funds to assist our Firewise Communities in reducing their wildfire risk.

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Previous Professional Experience: Wildland Fire Codes and Ordinances

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