The overarching goal of the New Mexico FAC Learning Network is to create fire adapted communities– communities that acknowledge and take responsibility for their wildfire risk, and take actions to protect residents, homes, neighborhoods, businesses, infrastructure, forests and open spaces. Specifically, our vision is to have:
-homeowners build the concept of defensible space into their decisions
-communities integrate wildland fire into land-use planning and infrastructure decisions
-civic institutions collaborate to be prepared for wildfire
-architects, planners, landscapers and developers integrate realities of fire risk into their work flow
-Communities support land managers in their efforts to restore fire-adapted ecosystems with community support.
This is a long term goal that will take years of work and numerous partners. A key support to reach this lofty goal is the national FAC Learning Network. We need new ideas, innovations and best practices from wherever they emerge in the country and to adapt them to our local environment. By the same token, we feel responsibility to share the lessons we learn to help others become more fire adapted.