Sunday, July 27, 2014

Newsletter #42

Newsletter #41
  • Cohesive Strategy in Motion
  • Using Pinyon Juniper for Bio Char
  • Private Partnerships Winning at Reducing Risk
  • Thinking Outside the Box for LARGE Landscape Resiliency
  • $5.1 Million for Cohesive Strategy Implementation
  • 4FRI Gets $10 Million Boost
  • Creative Ways to Raise Awareness and Motivate Action in Communities

Newsletter #40 

  • 2015 Western Region Stakeholder Implementation Report is Out!
  • It's Not About Restoration Anymore, It's About Resilience
  • More Prescribed Fire in California 
  • Ashland Forest Resiliency Project Raises $5.64 Million for Treatment on Private Lands
  • Targeted Grazing Reduces Wildland Fire Risk
  • Engaging Communities with a Coloring Contest
  • Secretary Vilsack Not Mincing Words
  • USDA Initiative Improves Resiliency, Reduces Wildfire Threats through Local Partnerships
  • Resilience is Going to Happen, One Way or Another
  • FACNet Launches Updated Website and FAC Self Assessment Tool



Newsletter #39
  •  Call for Stories 
  • 2015 National Prescribed Fire Use Report Out
  • USDA Ends Fire Borrowing
  • Successful Statewide FAC Conference
  • Why Prescribed Fire? TREX Takes Advantage of the Opportunity
  • After 47 Years, Tom Harbour Looks Back...and Ahead
  • A Trusted Translator - The Role of Community Liaisons

Newsletter #38

  • Western Regional Strategy Committee Sets Aggressive Three Year Action Plan
  • Assessing Mitigation Effectiveness in the New Mexico WUI
  • Prescribed Fire Reducing Risk in Nebraska
  • Partnerships Leading to Great Success in North Central Idaho
  • Counties a Valuable Asset in Mitigating Wildfire Risk
  • Losing Homes to Wildfire is a Sociopolitical Problem
  • Innovative Approach Helping Communities in New Mexico
  • New Quick Guides to Help Communities

Newsletter #37

  • Wildland Fire Leadership Council Meets in DC
  • Collaboration Pays Off with Acres Treated and Training
  • Nevada Stakeholders Create Statewide Cohesive Strategy Effort
  • Fires of Change
  • Fire Adapted Communities in Colorado 
  • Multi-County Cohesive Strategy Initiative in Oregon
  • From Adversaries to Believers
  • Upcoming Learning Opportunities

Newsletter #36

  • Every Fire Put Out is a Problem Put Off
  • A Cohesive Strategy for the Future
  • CWPP Incorporates Cohesive Strategy
  • WRSC Partners Testify at US Senate Committee Hearing
  • Updated After the Wildfire Guide
  • Fire Provides Lessons on Value of Landscape Treatments 
  • Upcoming Learning Opportunities

Newsletter #35

  • WFLC Meets to Discuss National Priorities 
  • Resilience - A New Approach to Fighting Fire
  • Raising Wildfire Awareness by Marathon
  • Timber Industry & Environmentalists Agree
  • Fire Science Exchange Network  
  • Upcoming Learning Opportunities

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Newsletter #30

  • Ambitious New Partnership in California
  • Key Environmentalists Support Largest Restoration Effort in History
  • National Park Service Finalizes Five-Year Wildland Fire Plan
  • Post Fire Logging to Biomass in Hawaii
  • New Study Reveals Benefit of Post Fire Logging
  • Joint Chiefs Choose New Projects to Fund in 2015




Newsletter #29


  • Plumas Fire Safe Council and National Forest Aim for New Collaborative
  • Empowering Communities to Become More Fire Adapted
  • Utah BLM Treatments Work to Save Sage-Grouse Habitat
  • Community Assistance Grants Align with Cohesive Strategy
  • Recovery and Restoration in Colorado





Newsletter #28

  • Secretary Jewell signs Order for New Sagebrush and Rangelands Strategy
  • Long Term Thinning Pays Off in Arizona
  • Preparing for Next Fire Season in North Central Washington
  • University of Alaska Sponsors New Hand Crews




Newsletter #27

  • 2014 Fire Siege Video  
  • Cameras Spotting Wildfires in Lake Tahoe

  • CWPP Updates in Hawaii
  • Emissions and Smoke Web Portal
  • Council of Western State Foresters 2014 Accomplishment Report



Newsletter #26

  • Strategizing to protect greater sage grouse habitat in the Great Basin  
  • Western Regional Strategy Committee meets and agrees on aggressive implementation plans for 2015
  • Flagstaff Wildfire Cost Avoidance Study justifies fuel treatments to protect watersheds
  • Forest Service exceeds land restoration goals for 2014
  • Accounting for the true costs of wildfire



Newsletter #25

  • Tripod Fire Study finds fuel treatments affect burn severity even decades after treatment;
  • Lake Tahoe Basin Fuel Reduction and Wildfire Prevention Strategy 2014 update, plus BAER team assesses King Fire site - Youtube video on hydrophobic soils;
  • The emotional impacts of wildfire;
  • Prescribed Fire Councils host TREX trainings;
  • Karuk Tribe returns fire to the land through TREX training;
  • US Forest Service Partnership Guide for Tribal Governments.




Newsletter #24

  • TREX - Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges Reduce Fuels and Protect Communities;
  • Snag Canyon Shows Logging Can Help;
  • Wildfire Impacts on Hawaii's Coral Reefs;
  • Wildfire Partners Program for Defensible Space in Boulder County.





Newsletter #23


  • Study finds cost-share effective for motivating homeowners to create defensible space
  • Weaverville California, a fire adapted community survives the Oregon Fire
  • Oregon offers new class: Citizen Fire Academy
  • Klamath National Forest creates Hospital Liaison program
  • Study of western CWPPs finds room for improvement



Newsletter #22


  • New Mexico Protects Watersheds and Water with Fuel Treatments
  • Utah Develops Catastrophic Wildfire Reduction Strategy
  • Keep Oregon Green Kicks Off Football Themed Education Campaign
  • Arizona Manages Fire for Resource Benefit
  • San Diego Utility Pays for Helicopters for Firefighting



Newsletter #21

  • Smokejumpers job description with a video, 
  • Military surplus equipment program reinstated, 
  • 2013 NASF Communities at Risk report, 
  • How national fire policy affects small woodland owners, 
  • Wildfires & climate change video, 
  • Upcoming events.


Newsletter #20
  • California Adds National Guard Resources and 2 C-130J Tankers with MAFFS;
  • Videos on Prescribed Fire in Pacific Northwest and Oklahoma
  • Stephen Pyne essay Squaring the Triangle: Fire at San Carlos;
  • SAF Position Paper on Wildland Fire Management;
  • San Juan Fire Proves Forest Thinning Works;
  • Fire Management Today issue on Fire Adapted Communities



Newsletter #19
  • President Obama declares areas of Washington State a disaster area due to the Carlton Complex Fire;
  • Using Satellites, Lasers and Drones in Firefighting;
  • Landscape Resiliency One Year After the West Fork Complex Fire;
  • Juniper Wood Industry in Oregon (video);
  • "After the Fire" Toolkit;
  • Speakers Sought for 2015 Backyards & Beyond Conference.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Newsletter 18 July 11, 2014

  • Oregon's East Face Forest Restoration Project;
  • New Mexico Creates an "After Wildfire" Guide, link to the online Guide
  • Memories of the South Canyon and Yarnell Hill Fires, links to National Geographic article and a training video on 1994 South Canyon Fire;
  • California is facing the driest fire season;
  • Stephen Pyne article on western wildfire policy; includes a link to a video on management of the Slide Fire in Arizona using the "box and burn" technique.

Newsletter 17 June 27, 2014

  • Number of available air tankers increases in 2014; 
  • Sage-grouse habitat conservation policy in Idaho;
  • "Catching Fire: Prescribed Burning in Northern California" YouTube video;
  • California to award funds for fire prevention;
  • Western Cohesive Fire Management Strategy blog;
  • Fire Adapted Communities and Fire Learning Network meeting 


Newsletter 16 June 13, 2014 


  • Western Governors Discuss Wildfire with President Obama and Adopt Policy Resolution to Develop Regional Resources for Firefighting; 
  • Joint Information Center used Social Media Effectively on Two Bulls Fire; 
  • Clearwater Basin Collaborative Reaches Agreement; 
  • "One Less Spark" Wildfire Prevention Campaign Wins Award;
  • National Strategy Brochure Available; 
  • Funny River Fire Thank You.




  • Restoration Project Assists Firefighters at the Slide Fire in Arizona;
  • Chaparral Institute Makes New Recommendations to Protect Homes; 
  • Wolf Pups Saved from Funny River Fire; 
  • Colorado Approves Firefighting Air Fleet; 
  • Fire Behavior Assessment Team Studies Fire with Cameras; 
  • Videos Explain the Cohesive Strategy.




  • Oregon's Worst Fire Season - 2013; 
  • New Biomass Plant Near Lake Tahoe; 
  • Prescribed Fire Training in Nebraska; 
  • Study Shows Western Wildfires Bigger and More Frequent; 
  • USAA Offers Insurance Discounts in California Firewise Communities; 
  • Photos from Community Wildfire Preparedness Day.




  • Colorado Studies Firefighting Air Fleet; 
  • California Hiring Firefighters Earlier Than Usual; 
  • National Cohesive Strategy Report Released; 
  • Jack Cohen Interview on Messages for Homeowners; 
  • Fire Adapted Communities Program Adds New Pilot Communities; 
  • Community Liaisons Assist During Fire Events; 
  • Economic Study Shows Fuel Treatments Make Sense in the Sierras.



  • Rio Grande Water Fund Protects Water and Forests; 
  • McGinnis Cabin Stewardship Project; 
  • New Biomass Plants in Colorado; 
  • Wildfire Community Preparedness Day; 
  • Payson, AZ Rejects WUI Building Code.


  • Four Mile Canyon Study Holds Clues to Preventing Home Losses; 
  • Stephen Pyne Essay "Burning Like a Mountain"; 
  • Northern Cheyenne Tribes Thin Forest; 
  • Chiefs' Landscape Restoration Partnership; 
  • School Children Make Firewise Video.


  • Lewis and Clark County Fire Safety Ordinance; 
  • Effectiveness of Structural Protection Study; 
  • "Fireline - Wildfire in Colorado Video"; 
  • FY14 Budget Passes with Expansion of Good Neighbor Authority; 
  • National Cohesive Strategy Year in Review.


  • Clear Creek Watershed and Meadow Restoration Project; 
  • Karuk Tribe is Ready for Wildfire; 
  • Falls Creek Ranch Firewise Community; 
  • Open Space Planning in Marin County; 
  • Collaboration Leads to "Zones of Agreement"; 
  • WRSC Cohesive Strategy Brochure.


  • Rangeland Fire Protection Associations; 
  • Direction to DOI Leadership; 
  • Prescribed Fire Training; 
  • WRSC Annual Meeting; 
  • Managed vs. Unmanaged Land.


  • Island Park Cohesive Strategy Project; 
  • Wildfire Threatens Sage Grouse Habitat; 
  • How to Motivate Homeowners; 
  • "Roadmap for Collaboration Before, During And After the NEPA Process", 
  • Spotting Fires by Satellite.


  • Secure Rural Schools Extended; 
  • Backburning Saves Sequoias from Rim Fire; 
  • City of Helena Protects its Water Supply with Fuel Treatments; 
  • Letter from Chief Tidwell; 
  • Scenes from Lodgepole Fire; 
  • Horseshoe Lake Fire in Mitigated Area Video.


  • Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project Video; 
  • National Forest Foundation Poll; 
  • Fuel Treatments Protect Homes in Chumstick, WA; 
  • NPR Interview with Steve Pyne and Chris Topik, How Firelines Contain Wildfires.


  • Cooperation and Collaboration on the Rim Fire; 
  • Anchor Forest Pilot Project; 
  • Fuel Treatment Effectiveness.


  • Blue Mountain Cohesive Strategy Project; 
  • wildlandfires.info Website; 
  • Defensible Space Saved Homes In Yarnell; 
  • Flagstaff Raises $10 Million to Treat Fuels on Public Land; 
  • "Driving Innovation on the Fireline"; 
  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Fire; 
  • National Cohesive Strategy comment period.


  • Think Locally for Preparedness; 
  • Tribes Reduce Fuels and Increase Biomass Utilization; 
  • Defensible Space Regulations Make a Difference; 
  • Western Governors Support Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTMA).



  • 19 Firefighters lost in Yarnell Hill Fire; 
  • "After the Yarnell Hill Fire"- Op-ed by Stephen Pyne; 
  • Yarnell Hill Fire Conditions; 
  • Cohesive Strategy is Collaboration and Coordination video; 
  • Mitigation Saved Homes in Waldo Canyon; 
  • Wildfire X Website.