the FAC Pathways Tool

Andrew Phay, Whatcom Conservation District

Adaptation Tailored to Your Community

Improving fire outcomes for communities requires local organizing and action. The FAC Pathways Tool helps communities identify a set of strategies which are tailored to their strengths and needs, and based on practices which have been successful in communities similar to theirs. Click here to read our Blog about this Tool for more context and some FAQs.

The tool combines insights and experiences from community-based wildfire resilience practitioners and researchers who have been studying the factors that influence community adaptation for more than 20 years.

Completing the steps outlined in this tool will result in:

  • a community description;
  • an initial community archetype which can help guide selection of adaptation practices;
  • a selection and analysis of practices that are likely to be successful in your community, including considerations, examples and resources; and,
  • an action guide to help you put the practices into action.

The FAC Pathways Tool can be used to engage community members, fellow practitioners, agency staff, or local decision makers and politicians in fire adaptation. The Tool provides a set of considerations that help people collectively reason through the actions that are most likely to be effective in site-specific local conditions.

→ Access the FAC Pathways Tool Online Builder Here

Detailed information about how to use this tool, as well as facilitation information, can be found in the Fire Adapted Communities Pathways Tool Facilitation Guide

To access the PDF version of the FAC Pathways Tool, click here.

For additional reading on the FAC Pathways Tool, users are encouraged to download the free article “The Fire Adapted Communities Pathways Tool: Facilitating Social Learning and a Science of Practice” from the Journal of Forestry.