National Forest Foundation Resources for FAC Practitioners
Authors: Michelle Medley-Daniel
The USDA Forest Service is often a critical partner for those of us working at the intersection of fire, landscapes and communities. In addition to your local Forest Service partners, the National Forest Foundation (NFF) can be a resource for tools and ideas that support fire adaptation in your community. NFF was chartered by Congress in 1993 to “bring people together to restore and enhance our National Forests and Grasslands.” As the non-profit partner of the Forest Service they administer grants that support the health of National Forests, and offer peer learning sessions and tools to facilitate partnerships between communities and Forest Service partners.
The National Forest Foundation launched a searchable database of collaboration tools this fall. Even if you don’t work with the Forest Service, many of the peer learning sessions, tool templates and research papers housed on the site may be helpful to your fire adapted communities work.
For example, among the tools available in the collaboration tool search are: sample agreements for volunteer services, a webinar about how to use the Fire Effects Information System and a peer learning session on developing monitoring questions.
If you do work in partnership with the Forest Service, check out this page devoted to best practices in collaborating with the agency.
Share your favorite source for collaboration resources in the comments below!