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Colorado Springs: A case study

In 2012, two people died, scores of homes were lost and thousands of acres were burned as a result of the Waldo Canyon Fire. But it could have been worse. Roughly 81 percent of the threatened homes were not burned. City leaders and residents said preparing and planning helped prevent further devastation.

A still from the video creating fire adapted communities by National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Your land and fire


Your first line of defense against wildland fires is knowledge. Here are resources that will help you prepare for and possibly survive a wildfire.

Make your land work for you

A photo of Nicola Macpherson, owner of Ozark Forest Mushrooms in Salem, Mo.

is the right tree in the right place for the right reason. Agroforestry can help the environment and maybe your bottom line.

  • is a series of brochures that serve as an introduction to agroforestry.
  • provides design guidelines for buffers that protect soil, improve air and water quality, enhance fish and wildlife habitat and provide a source of income.
  •  is available through the National Agroforestry Center.

Develop your own forest plan

Developing a plan for your forest will help keep it healthy and productive. The Forest Service can help landowners protect, improve, restore and sustain their forests. Even while a wildfire can seem immediately devastating, trained USDA employees can help landowners apply conservation practices that will reduce erosion and promote plant health to facilitate range recovery. (USDA)

If you own or mange forest land, you are likely concerned about keeping it healthy and productive. The Forest Service helps private landowners protect, improve, restore and sustain their forests.

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