Jun 23, 2015
Washington FAC Network Press Release
Authors: Ryan Anderson, WA FAC Learning Network
The Washington FAC Learning Network is taking the national FAC Learning Network model to the state scale. Read the full press release below:
“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington Communities Connect Ahead of a Dry Summer
‘We endeavored to find communities that were diverse, ready to share successes and failures, and eager to work hard within their own community,’ explained Ryan Anderson, Director of the Washington State Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network. The flagship seven communities include: Seattle City Light-Skagit Hydroelectric Project, Flowery Trails Homeowner Association, Hidden Valley/Swauk, Okanogan County Conservation District, San Juan Island, Lincoln County Conservation District, and Yakima County Fire Adapted Communities Coalition. According to Anderson, “Each of these communities bring something unique and valuable to the table and we couldn’t be more excited.”
Washington State is the first state-level expansion of the national Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network, a program designed to share best practices and innovations in order to accelerate the adoption of fire adapted community concepts nationwide. Across the nation, there are 17 hubs participating in the national FAC Learning Network- a partnership between The Nature Conservancy, US Forest Service, Dept. of Interior, and the Watershed Research and Training Center. The Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition in Leavenworth is one such participant.
The Bureau of Land Management is supporting acceleration of Fire Adapted Communities in Washington State through funding for a state-level Learning Network. Each of the selected seven communities will receive support from network staff and some funding to help build awareness and resilience in their own communities and also share lessons with each other. Communities are now developing a program of work for the coming year. Support from the Washington Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network will help develop local business resilience, host community-wide wildfire workshops and more.
The ultimate goal? A resilient, fire-adapted Washington comprised of communities that understand both their role and the role of fire in the landscapes we share. Individuals wanting to learn more about their role in fire adapted communities can visit www.facnetwork.org.