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Pam Wilson

Pam Wilson

Hesperus, CO 81326

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Interests:
  • Communications/outreach
  • Community Wildfire Protection Plans
  • Evacuation planning
  • Firewise Communities / Defensible space
  • Forest/ecosystem management
  • Ignition-resistant home construction
  • Local workforce capacity building
Existing Member Affiliations:

Pam is currently working as a consultant with Coalitions & Collaboratives, a Colorado non-profit, helping to manage their Action for Implementation and Mitigation (AIM-P) Partnership program. She is also an active member of a Community Mitigation Assistance Team (CMAT), working with communities across the U.S. to share best practices and bolster their capacity for moving mitigation efforts forward.

Pam was a founding member of Fire Adapted Colorado, a state-wide network that strives to bring practitioners together to share and learn from one another and create a fire adapted culture in Colorado. She continues to serve as a Board member after a 2½-year stint as Board Chair.

In December 2017, Pam retired from FireWise of Southwest Colorado (now Wildfire Adapted Partnership), where she had served as Executive Director since 2008. During her tenure, FireWise, which serves a five-county region, added FireWise Coordinators in Montezuma, Archuleta, and La Plata counties and continued to grow its unique Neighborhood Ambassador Program; added numerous partnerships; completed over 20 subdivision-level Community Wildfire Protection Plans, helped 15 communities attain Firewise Communities USA status, and instituted several incentive programs to assist residents in their mitigation efforts.

In her first career, Pam worked for the U.S. Forest Service; her last position on the San Juan National Forest in Durango was as the Public Affairs Specialist for the fire and fuels program, from which she took an early retirement in 2007 after 23 years of service. As a Type 1 Public Information Officer, she has worked wildfire and hurricane assignments across the U.S. It was this PIO work – working with communities and educating residents — that inspired Pam to launch her second career in wildfire mitigation.

AIM Program

The Action and Implementation Mitigation Partnership (AIM-P) Program provides funding for capacity building to organizations involved in wildfire mitigation across the U.S. The program seeks to increase wildfire risk reduction activities in high risk communities. Selected participants in AIM-P may receive technical as well as financial support through the Mitigation Mentors program.

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Fire Adapted Colorado (FACO)

Founded in 2015, Fire Adapted Colorado (or FACO, for all you acronym lovers) is working to build a strong network of members around the state who can turn to each other for resources and support, keep up with best practices together, and collectively lead the way in creating a more fire adapted culture in the state. FACO offers an Opportunity Fund for members and also hosts the Colorado Wildland Fire Conference held every 18 months.

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Neighborhood Ambassador Toolkit

The toolkit builds upon best practices for managing an Ambassador Approach based on many years of experience and trail and error. Practitioners can use this guide to outline their own place-based approach to leveraging FAC Neighborhood Ambassadors. This includes: finding the right people; providing these volunteers with initial and ongoing training, communication, and support; connecting them to existing programs and building new programs to meet their demand; celebrating their success; and planning for succession. The toolkit includes an overview of helpful resources and links to templates.

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