National Cohesive Strategy to reduce threat of wildfire to communities

On April 9th, the Obama Administration outlined a new strategy to protect communities, businesses and public and private lands from the threat of wildland fire for the 2014 fire season. The National Cohesive Wild land Fire Management Strategy divides the nation according to fire risks, and profiles the communities that face those risks.  Developed by federal, state, tribal and local community partners and public stakeholders, it outlines new approaches to coordinate and integrate efforts to restore and maintain healthy landscapes, prepare communities for fire season, and better address the nation’s wildland fire threats.

“As we move into implementation, it is important to note that this collaborative effort is broader and more inclusive than previous efforts,” said National Association of State Foresters’ President and Alaska State Forester Chris Maisch. “It is national in scope, includes all lands, is grounded in a science-based risk analysis, and built with an emphasis on the field level perspective.”