Anne Mottek is principal of Mottek Consulting. Ms. Mottek’s educational background is in both forestry (BS) and sociology with a research emphasis (MA). Her work focuses on social science research and its application in a wide range of forest management issues like monitoring, program evaluation, outreach and education, and collaboration. Ms. Mottek is actively engaged in several collaborative organizations like the Four Forest Restoration Initiative’s (4FRI) Multi-Party Monitoring Board, coordinator and treasurer of the Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership (GFFP), and works with the City of Flagstaff on various aspects of the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project (FWPP). Ms Mottek is the FACLN project manager for the GFFP, which is a national core memeber. She was the main contributor for the Socioeconomic Monitoring Plan for 4FRI’s first analysis area that is included in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), and secured funding for and completed the first 4FRI monitoring project that included both social and economic monitoring components. She has worked on projects, publications and received grants with a variety of organizations like the Ecological Restoration Institute, Northern Arizona University’s School of Forestry, the Southwest Fire Science Consortium, the National Forest Foundation, Salt River Project, US Forest Service, Coconino County and the City of Flagstaff. More recent publications include: Journal of Forestry, Practice of Forestry/Policy, “The Social and Economic Contributions of the White Mountain Stewardship Project: Final 10-Year Assessment—Lessons Learned and Implications for Future Forest Management Initiatives;” “Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project: Creating Solutions through Community Partnerships;” and “The Impacts of the Woody Biomass Utilization Grant Program in Eastern Oregon and Eastern Arizona.”
Wildfire Smoke Outreach Strategy
GFFP will work with FAC Net members and local collaborators to identify issues, existing assets and needs related to assisting and communicating with communities that are exposed to smoke from managed fires and prescribed burns. This will include a literature review, content development and final production of a newspaper insert. The newspaper insert will be distributed to priority communities south of Flagstaff, AZFAC members, as well as targeted political leaders and other decision-makers. The messaging will underline the importance of why forest treatments (both thinning and controlled fire) are needed and will provide a unified message (short term impacts vs. long term benefits) from many influential organizations. This is the first time that we are reaching out to downwind communities (south if Flagstaff) like Sedona, Verde Valley and Cottonwood. These communities receive a good amount of smoke and many times are fierce opponents that reach out to our political leaders. We hope that this will assist these community members in understanding that prescribed and managed fire smoke are much more desirable than smoke from uncontrolled wildfires. It is also our intention to share these products and provide tours with groups that frequently visit Flagstaff, which in the past have been comprised of national and international forestry professionals, political leaders and decision makers. The multiple methods of sharing and distributing these products will solidify FAC concepts and how they can be applied in communities that must adapt to and live with fire.
Ft. Tuthill County Park Fire Ecology Demo Site
Ft. Tuthill County Park, located just outside of Flagstaff AZ, is in a strategic location to demonstrate a host of important forest management themes due to its high visitation (>100,000 local visitors, tourists, and professional fire/forest management researchers, political leaders and students). We plan on designing a kiosk that will demonstrate and explain: 1) differences between untreated and treated sites; 2) the fire ecology/history of the area, 3) cost-share programs and an all-lands approach, and 4) Firewise principles. We hope to expand this in the future by developing additional messaging/trail signage (e.g., digital restoration technology use, wildfire fire smoke outreach strategy, wildlife effects) and potentially exhibiting similar messaging across the state.
Establish the AZ Fire Adapted Communities Network (AZFAC)
GFFP, along with partners like the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, AZ Dept. of Forestry & Fire Management, University of Arizona Agricultural Extension and the Ecological Restoration Institute are initiating a statewide Fire Adapted Community Network.
The AZFAC Mission Statement:
Create fire adapted communities that understand the beneficial role of fire on the landscape and embrace responsibility for their wildfire risk, and take actions to protect the social, economic and ecological values threatened by wildfire.
The group reviewed several listed potential goals to consider and we settled on the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Strategy below as a foundational starting point.
• Support the integration of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Strategy’s three goals:
o Resilient landscapes,
o Fire adapted communities, and
o Efficient response to wildfire
Stay tuned as we develop the AZFAC -- We are working on developing a charter, logo, website and more...