We need to expand community engagement before, during and after fires. No more dropping into somebody's homeland for 14 days, leaving and rarely coming back to visit. The US system of firefighting was never designed to create fire adapted communities and resilient ecosystems. To achieve those, we need to integrate serious, longterm partnerships between firefighting forces and local communities . . . much more than the ...more »
"Wild Card" Issues
The key question underlying the 2014 QFR is “what else aren’t we seeing?” The four main QFR focus areas cover items that federal wildland fire managers consider to be of the highest priority, and how the future will look different in each of those four areas. But we also want to capture any other issues worthy of consideration. We invite you to identify any other challenges, risks, or opportunities (and related impacts) that may not fit neatly in any of the four focus areas, and may alter the way that wildland fire managers plan for and respond to wildland fires 10-20 years into the future.
What other issues–beyond the four focus areas of the 2014 QFR–may effect wildland fire management in 10-20 years?
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?
I am really distressed about the disconnect between forest ecology/fire ecology and the status quo of forest and fire management. These two professions work on the same issues yet worlds apart. Forest management must shift to creating more resilient ecosystems rather than waiting until there is a wildfire and sending in the cavalry. Fuels/forest management funding is constantly being cut, but wildfire may soon qualify ...more »
Mixed Sierran Conifer forest has understory shrubs in healthy condition. Jeffrey Pine forest understory is dominated by grasses and annual forbs. Douglas Fir forests have dense understories of shrubs. Many shrubs and all annuals and many perennials are obligate seeders, not crown resprouters, and can be extirpated by frequent ground fires. In short, the relationship of fire to these different healthy forests is different, ...more »