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Planning in the Wildland-Urban Interface

Map depicting the 2010 wildland-urban interface of the conterminous United States
Miranda Mockrin
Planning in the Wildland-Urban Interface
June 12, 2019
Miranda Mockrin, USDA Forest Service
Joe DeAngelis, American Planning Association
Molly Mowery, Wildfire Planning International

The wildland-urban interface (WUI) - the area where human development borders or intermingles with forests or other wildlands - has grown rapidly over the last several decades. The WUI is also the area where communities are at increased risk to wildfire. With more communities located partially or entirely within the WUI, the need for planning guidance has become clear. In this webinar, Miranda Mockrin will present data on national WUI extent and growth (1990-2010), sharing trends in WUI expansion and a national WUI dataset that planners and others can use for their work. Joe DeAngelis will introduce two recent publications from the American Planning Association that discuss the role of land use planning in community wildfire resilience. Molly Mowery will share community-based planning solutions from across the country that address current and future development in the WUI. Together, the speakers will address what community planners, urban foresters, and other allied professions need to know to tackle WUI challenges.


View the webinar podcast »

Wildland-Urban Interface - Data and trends
Miranda Mockrin
Research Scientist
USDA Forest Service

Planning in the Wildland-Urban Interface: APA resources
Joe DeAngelis
Senior Research Associate
American Planning Association

Land Use Planning Solutions in the WUI
Molly Mowery
Wildfire Planning International


Resources Mentioned in the Webinar

New Analyses Reveal WUI Growth in the U.S.
Links to data, maps, and publications from Miranda Mockrin, Volker Radeloff, and their research partners can be found on the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station and University of Wisconsin Silvis Lab websites.

Regional Green Infrastructure and the Wildland-Urban Interface
This website provides an overview of the American Planning Association and USDA Forest Service collaboration to develop an understanding of regional green infrastructure planning at the landscape scale, and the associated needs and opportunities. The website provides links to the APA Green Paper, Regional Green Infrastructure at the Landscape Scale, and the Multihazard Planning Framework for Communities in the Wildland-Urban Interface (with planning systems audit tool).

PAS Report 594: Planning the Wildland Urban Interface
This report provides an introduction to the WUI and wildfire basics, offers solutions and practical guidance, and highlights opportunities for collaboration with fire departments, federal and state agencies, and other key stakeholders.

US Forest Service Resources

Green Readiness, Response, and Recovery: A collaborative synthesis
This General Technical Report provides lessons learned from a diverse group of practitioners and researchers about the ways in which environmental stewardship has served as a catalyst for revitalizing communities. It focuses on practical solutions from various sectors on how to best prepare for, respond to, and recover from disturbances.

After the Trees Caught Fire
This Vibrant Cities Lab case study shares three community approaches to vegetation management after destructive wildfires.