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Alison Lerch

Alison Lerch

129 1/2 3rd Street Salida, CO 81201

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Address:
129 1/2 3rd Street
Salida
CO 81201
Interests:
  • Business wildfire resilience
  • Community Wildfire Protection Plans
  • Firewise Communities / Defensible space
  • Ignition-resistant home construction
  • Local workforce capacity building
  • Wildfire recovery
  • Wildfire risk assessment
  • WUI codes and ordinances
Non-Member Affiliations:
  • Coalitions and Collaboratives, Inc
  • The Wildfire Research (WiRē) Center

Alison Lerch is the Wildfire Mitigation Program Manager for Coalitions and Collaboratives, Inc. as well as the Wildfire Practitioner for The Wildfire Research (WiRē) Center.

Alison has over 13 years of experience working in community wildfire resiliency and has been recognized for her efforts through the 2019 Oregon Golden Sparky award and the 2010 Utah Education and Outreach award. 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 extensive knowledge in community fire planning, codes and ordinances, community engagement , connecting with non-traditional partners 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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The Wildfire Research (WiRē) Center

Alison is the lead Wildfire Practitioner for projects based in the Wasatch Front, Utah and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Previous Professional Experience: Ashland Fire & Rescue Wildland Fire Codes/Ordinances

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) in 2019. 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. (https://www.ashland.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=13509) Ashland Fire & Rescue has a wildfire ordinance that includes the entire city limits. This 5 year process highlighted the need for deep connections with city planning departments as well as local groups that have an interest in landscaping and native plants.

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