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Examining Trade-offs in Wildland Fire Management Decisions

Photo of Wildland fire can have destructive ecological and social effects.  Georgia Forestry CommissionWildland fire can have destructive ecological and social effects. Georgia Forestry CommissionSnapshot : Reducing or mitigating the negative effects of wildland fire is a major priority in communities all across the United States and must be addressed across agencies and jurisdictional boundaries. The National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy is a multiyear effort by federal agencies working with states, tribes, and other interested publics to develop an integrated and comprehensive plan to collaboratively reduce human and ecological losses from wildfire.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Lee, Danny C. 
Research Location : United States (nationwide)
Research Station : Southern Research Station (SRS)
Year : 2014
Highlight ID : 730

Summary

Major investments are being made throughout the United States to reduce or mitigate the negative effects of wildland fire on ecological and social values. Managing wildland fire requires an in-depth understanding of complex interactions among the environmental factors and human dimensions that affect the frequency, extent, intensity, and severity of wildfires. 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 the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy. Scientists from the Forest Service's Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center lead the science and analysis team commissioned to provide analytical support for the development of the Cohesive Strategy. Using a structured risk assessment and decision process, the science team is working with interagency partners to identify and explore alternative courses of action, and to identify and implement options for leveraging resources to improve landscape resiliency, protect human communities, and coordinate wildfire response.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • Fire and Aviation Management
  • State and Private Forestry
  • U.S. Department of Interior and multiple other agencies and institutions