Evolving Risk in Public and Firefighter Safety

Re-think the Investment Strategy in the Firefighting Workforce

A different approach to investment in firefighting workforce is needed. Budget cuts are reducing the number and quality of the on-the-ground firefighting workforce. Budget cuts always seem to land at the field more than at the national level. Continued and increased investment in the firefighting workforce is necessary in order to maintain capacity to respond to wildfire as well as mitigate fire hazards. Declining ...more »

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Future #4 – Radical Change

Tribal Management of Federal Lands

Tribes possess thousands of years of truly adaptive management as demonstrated on their lands. Fire was taken away as their primary tool about 150 years ago, yet they have adapted and continue to do so. Tools like timber harvest have been adapted to provide some of the effects that fire once provided. Tribes continue to adapt and provide some of the best examples of resilient landscapes.

Submitted by (@jim.erickson)

What changes to strategy, organizational structure, capabilities, & infrastructure would be needed? :

Congress should pass legislation providing Tribes and states with the authority to assume local management of Forest Service and BLM lands over extended time frames to demonstrate spun, sustainable ecosystem management.

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Clearly defined Roles

The future of wildland fire “management” must include clear distinctions between the functions of a land management agency and the functions of an organization established for safe and effective suppression action. The past 15 years have ushered in an era of fuels management that has been of tremendous benefit for programmatic growth within the management agencies, but of dubious use for the intended purpose of reducing ...more »

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Future #1: Hot, Dry, and Out of Control

Global Climate Shift, Fuels, and Humans

The trend has been a gradual shift or multiple variables gradually changing over time, but the climate and what we view in our surroundings work like a balanced beam. Everything in the natural world is a balance that is counteracted by something else. Because humans are such powerful and advanced organisms we are able to change that balance more drastically than any other organism. Once the balance starts to go one direction ...more »

Submitted by (@wmccrady)

What information could help mitigate the risks presented by this future? :

More information on how the climate is changing and better publication of that data. There should never be an argument that the scientific community as a whole is wrong, that is a ridiculous notion with no basis in reality.

Better development and use of already existing technology that can be used to improve safety and efficiency of fire suppression.

Politicians, law makers, and the public will listen to public servants and firefighters, so we need to know what we are talking about.

What information could help capitalize on opportunities presented by this future? :

A change in temperature is not scary or enough motivation to make people change their activities. But the change in extreme weather events, climate events, and wildfire is enough to get their attention. We can use the facts to show what has changed and what will change so that the public will have an interest in changing as well.

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Invasive juniper species control will make a big impact

Eastern redcedar and Ashe juniper are fire intolerant native invasive species in the central US and Great Plains. Control of these species will alleviate a large host of emerging problems such as fuels management in rangelands and the WUI, water needs, human health (allergy sufferers on the rise), loss of native biodiversity, and more. Finding ways to communicate this to the public effectively is really key. The development ...more »

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Changing Climatic Conditions Effects on Landscapes

Climate imperatives.

As I understand that the quadrennial is to make stabs into decades of future management it should go without saying that what we're looking at now is the beginning of the new paradigm. That forests are our greatest single American resource in staving off and mitigating climate change. In as much as that it is essential and imperative to act with consciousness and to be proactive. We are facing the quintessential feedback ...more »

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Evolving Risk in Public and Firefighter Safety

Develop a set of common sense wildfire prevention ordinances

There is a need to look at ways to decrease the rising costs of wildfire suppression due to human caused ignitions that put communities and firefighters at risk. Some possible actions to explore include: 1. Implementing coordinated information and education sharing methods regarding successful state and local government community growth management planning and enforcement that results in sustainable wildfire risk reduction ...more »

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Single Species Management

Let get away from just using and targeting fire and fuels for single species management. Fire and fuels seems to be the last resort when we talk about how we do business on a day to day in the resource world. With this current single species management mandate we seem to be the lead. How many other single species mandates have been successful in our past?

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Fire Protection from the House out, rather than from the Wildland in

Research has clearly demonstrated that the most effective way to protect lives, property, and the natural environment from wildland fire is to focus directly on making communities more fire safe rather than spending millions of dollars clearing habitat far from assets at risk. This provides for long-term solutions rather than endlessly trying to modify the natural environment. Fuel treatments can provide some benefit, ...more »

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Changing Climatic Conditions Effects on Landscapes

Science and management have to learn together

Fast-moving climate change impacts mean that scientists can't necessarily be "ahead" of management in evaluating and advising adaptation actions. Fed. managers need to be active participants in scientific studies, and in making more critical observations. Time to break down the artifical separation between the fed research communities and the management community.

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