The International Association of Wildland Fire is presenting this workshop in partnership with the Wildland Fire Leadership Council (WFLC) and the Western, Southeast and Northeast Regional Strategy Committees.
The vision of the Cohesive Strategy is to safely and effectively extinguish fire, when needed; use fire where allowable; manage our natural resources; and as a Nation, live with wildland fire.
To maintain and strengthen meaningful progress towards this vision, the 3rd Annual National Cohesive Strategy Workshop will provide a forum unlike others for collaborative interaction. It will provide an innovative, shared-learning environment for exploration, discussion, understanding, brainstorming, connection and collaboration around the issues we must face to improve outcomes related to wildland fire. It will allow stakeholders to understand their roles and the opportunities for outcome-based approaches through continued and active implementation of the National Cohesive Strategy and how this will allow us to define a future with wildland fire as a key component of healthy ecosystems that meet social and management requirements.
Who should attend?
- State, Federal and Tribal land managers, agency administrators and fire managers
- Federal, State and Private planning specialists
- Local planning officials
- Emergency management and law enforcement personnel
- Wildfire risk reduction and post fire recovery practitioners
- County and city management
- Utilities management
- Insurance leaders
- Describe and clarify what the Cohesive Strategy really means to the broad spectrum of stakeholders and what it will take to achieve meaningful progress toward the three goals.
- Recognize the Tribal and historical use of fire and learn about incorporating this Traditional Ecological Knowledge into our programs today.
- Use the lessons learned and issues highlighted from the 2017 and 2018 fire years to illuminate what’s no longer working in our wildland fire system and identify the paths forward that make progress towards a future defined by resilient landscapes, fire adapted communities and a safe, effective wildland fire response.
- Explore changing our narrative about wildland fire: What is risk? How are we defining risk? How can we share it across stakeholders through co-management? Is the wildland-urban interface still our greatest challenge
- Explore and identify how stakeholders can prepare for catastrophic wildfire events such as the 2018 Camp Fire and the 2017 Chimney Top 2 Fire.
- Share stories, successes and lessons learned with your peers and non-traditional stakeholders about collaborative planning and implementation of Cohesive Strategy efforts. How are you addressing the need for prescribed fire? Air quality issues with smoke? Cross boundary, landscape-scale fuels treatments? Fire adapted communities? Post-fire impacts and recovery?
- Highlight new technology and science-based advances and understanding that can help inform decision-making, risk assessments, risk reduction and fire management activities.