Sneak Peek at What’s Ahead from the FAC Learning Network Hubs!
Authors: Molly Mowery
As FAC Network coordinating team member Wendy Fulks mentioned in Tuesday’s post on increasing smoke acceptance, the FAC Learning Network hubs are in the midst of finalizing work plan activities for the coming FAC 2014/15 reporting periods. This process is an extension of the work planning that began during the Network’s annual meeting in Colorado Springs in June.
With 18 hubs now actively participating in the Network, the number of creative FAC plans and activities has expanded significantly. There is also overlap among participants on themes related to regional expansion, training and learning exchanges, public outreach and education, and standard FAC elements such as Community Wildfire Protection Plan updates, code updates, home ignition zone training and assessments, and more.
Here’s a sampling of what the FAC Network hubs will be implementing in coordination with their partners:
- Website and blog development to: highlight recent resources, such as the Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition’s “After the Fire” toolkit, provide new communication opportunities for community leaders, and create a consistent messaging approach using FAC branding and concepts.
- Regional FAC workshops to share lessons learned related to implementation of mitigation projects, prioritize and plan future FAC activities, conduct fire risk assessments, and engage with other groups. (For example the Chestatee-Chattahoochee Resource Conservation and Development Council’s plans to coordinate with the Southeast Regional Cohesive Strategy Committee and other FAC hubs in the south).
- Revisions and updates to Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs) to evaluate them and ensure FAC concepts are included.
- Demonstration projects that showcase Firewise landscaping, prescribed fire and mechanical fuel treatments – all to help raise awareness and understanding of how to mitigate wildfire risk at various scales.
- Support for and development of codes and ordinances related to the development of new Fire Safe Councils and wildfire policies.
- Public outreach and educational events tied to next year’s national Community Wildfire Preparedness Day or similar awareness weeks.
- Testing of the beta version of the FAC Self-Assessment tool, both in conjunction with CWPP updates and as a new stakeholder engagement process. (Feedback from the hubs on their experience will help us adjust the tool for general public use—expected in late 2015.)
As the year progresses, hubs and local partners plan to share their learning through Network communications and this blog. Stay tuned for updates and insights directly from the hubs!