Science benefits national fire planning effort
Ongoing efforts to reduce human and ecological losses from wildfire exact increasing investments of time, money, and personnel throughout the Nation. Extensive changes in forest fuel conditions are needed to reduce wildfire losses and achieve longer term fire resiliency, but no universal solution exists to effect these changes. Among agencies and interested publics, there are many differing opinions on the best and most efficient ways to achieve these long-term landscape goals. In 2010, Congress passed legislation requiring the Federal agencies responsible for wildland fire management to work with states, tribes, and other interested publics to develop a National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy to guide future management and wildland fire investments. Interagency regional strategy committees are now working to identify the best ways to leverage the resources needed to improve resiliency to fire across landscapes, protect human communities, and coordinate wildfire response.
Scientists from EFETAC serve on the science and analysis team commissioned to provide analytical support to development of the national Cohesive Strategy. Using Comparative Risk Assessment Framework and Tools, a structured risk assessment and decision process developed at EFETAC, the science team is working with the regional strategy committees to evaluate the relative consequences of alternative courses of action. This trade-off analysis will provide important information that can be used to guide the national strategy.
Forest Service Partners