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April 14
​Agencies Release Administration’s National Wildland Fire Strategy

On April 9, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior released the Administration's National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy (the Cohesive Strategy). The Wildland Fire Leadership Council (WFLC), made up of federal, state, tribal and local government representatives, developed the Cohesive Strategy to improve the coordination of efforts to restore and maintain healthy landscapes, prepare communities for fire season, and better address wildland fire threats on a national scale. Lake County, Ore., Commissioner Dan Shoun, a NACo Public Lands Steering Committee member, represents counties on WFLC.

The Cohesive Strategy includes approaches to address challenges like climate change, increasing community sprawl, and pests and disease affecting forest health across landscapes. Some of the approaches include:

  • Adopting preventive measures, such as fuels thinning and controlled burns
  • Promoting effective municipal, county and state building and zoning codes and ordinances
  • Ensuring that watersheds, transportation and utility corridors are part of future management plans
  • Determining how organizations can best work together to reduce and manage human-caused ignitions

The comprehensive principles and processes highlighted in the Cohesive Strategy are already being modeled and implemented successfully in communities across the country, including counties in northeastern Oregon’s Blue Mountains and in Coconino County and Flagstaff, Arizona. The Cohesive Strategy is intended to encourage knowledge sharing between communities and expand best practices to other projects and locations across the country.

Contact: Paul Beddoe at pbeddoe@naco.org or 202.942.4234

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