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Dovetail Partners, Inc


Dovetail Partners, Inc

528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 703 Minneapolis, MN 55403

528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 703
MN 55403
  • Business wildfire resilience
  • Communications/outreach
  • Community Wildfire Protection Plans
  • Firewise Communities / Defensible space
  • Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire
  • Wildfire risk assessment
Non-Member Affiliations:
  • St. Louis County Emergency Management
  • Minnesota DNR Firewise
  • Superior National Forest

Dovetail Partners is a highly skilled team that fosters sustainability and responsible behaviors by collaborating to develop unique concepts, systems, models and programs. Dovetail Partners is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.

Dovetail seeks to:
• Challenge concerned and motivated “thinkers”
• Effect positive change as quickly as possible
• Provide objective information in an accessible format that clarifies complex issues and increases people’s understanding and capacity to make good decisions.

As a member of the FAC Net since 2011, Dovetail has been involved with on-the-ground FAC work in Northern Minnesota. Dovetail has assisted with community-driven wildfire risk reduction efforts in Northeastern Minnesota, including the City of Ely and surrounding areas in St. Louis and Lake Counties. This work includes data compilation, analysis of existing programs and partnerships, and working with partners to develop future strategies for program implementation and partnership growth.

To date, Dovetail has led efforts in and around the Ely area to host Firewise education events, chipper days and hazardous fuels demonstrations. Dovetail has also worked collaboratively with local residents, business owners, firefighters and chiefs, foresters, government agencies and natural resource professionals to implement FAC principles, tools and community-based techniques for wildfire mitigation.

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Firewise Events, Chipper Days, Demo Days

Dovetail has hosted multiple public community events in and around Ely geared toward wildfire resilience and mitigation education, outreach and hands-on training. This has included Firewise presentations and open houses, hazardous fuels removal during chipper days, and Demo Days that depict tools and techniques for removing hazardous fuels from private properties. These educational events have created resident demand for additional wildfire resiliency and mitigation events. Positive feedback from agency partners and residents has been overwhelming and have given us traction moving forward. Over the past two years, local FAC representatives have partnered with Regional Firewise Specialists, USFS personnel and local fire departments to do four hands-on Firewise Demonstrations on private landowner properties. These events were open to the public and widely advertised. They were two hours in length and involved walking the property, showing and discussing Firewise best practices in the Home Ignition Zone. We also received funding from the MN DNR Firewise program to conduct four roadside chipping days and hauled away woody debris removed by landowners. All events were well attended and highly praised by land owners and agency partners.

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Evacuation Mapping

Dovetail has partnered with Vermilion Community College on a GIS evacuation/road access mapping project. Working with student interns, the project is developing GIS ground coordinates of properties and roads at the end of the North Arm area of Ely. Presently, there are no maps of this area, nor is there an actual record of the number of cabins/homes in this vicinity to aid emergency response personnel. The goal of this project is to improve evacuation planning and wildfire risk awareness and produce tangible documents which can assist emergency personnel in the future.

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Living with Wildfire Community Art Contest and Exhibit

An art contest and exhibition(s) open to all ages, involving all visual art mediums depicting various aspects of living in the wildland-urban interface in Ely, MN. This project serves as both a community engagement and public awareness building activity. It will bring community members together to meet one another, highlight local artists of all ages, focus on the risks that wildfires pose to residents and visitors and potential mitigation activities that can be taken to reduce wildfire risks. A call for artists has been distributed and the exhibit(s) will take place during Summer 2016.

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