Up to seven states now, USAA added New Mexico and Utah last week with approved filings to give homeowners insurance discounts to members living in communities recognized by the Firewise Communities/USA program.
The Cohesive Strategy encourages incentives to help increase participation in wildland fire mitigation programs. Thanks to USAA for being a great partner in Firewise efforts!
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
|Alva, Crook County, Wyoming. Photo: Landwatch|
The US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently announced their 2017 investment of $225 million for conservation projects across the nation. Of those, two are in northeastern Wyoming.
The Northeast Wyoming Forest Resiliency Project was awarded $1,285,540 to improve forest and rangeland health and resiliency, decrease wildfire risk and enhance wildlife habitat. The mountain pine beetle epidemic and drought conditions have negatively impacted the landscape and this project will address issues on 2,200 acres of private lands across Campbell, Crook and Weston Counties. The project will be further extended on adjacent lands managed by federal agencies as they are currently working to implement similar forest management on their lands.
In addition, the Northeastern Wyoming Sage-Grouse Habitat Enhancement project will receive $200,000 to help expand conservation efforts with a focus on restoring sage-grouse habitat while maintaining viable agricultural operations. Projects include sagebrush and rangeland restoration, grazing management, invasive species treatment, streambank restoration and restoration of wildland fire and other disturbances to minimize erosion.
Both projects will build on existing collaborative efforts among landowners, state and federal agencies, academia and other conservation organizations working in northeast Wyoming.
These types of public-private partnerships are strongly supported by the Cohesive Strategy because the increased benefits achieved by working collaboratively across boundaries. Congratulations!
Read more here and here.
Read more here and here.
|Firefighters from the Stonewall Fire Protection District help thin the forest at North Lake State Wildlife Area. Photo: CSFS.|
Pitkin County, Colorado takes advantage of the New Year to include an important message: Make wildfire safety a New Year's Resolution! With links to local resources and Firewise, this is a great idea! Worth sharing and/or stealing! :)
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|The Colorado-based Wildfire Research group is an interdisciplinary team of experts who use scientific data to make fire-prone communities safer. Photo: WiRē.|
The interdisciplinary team of experts in economics, sociology and wildfire risk mitigation works together to find a better way for scientists to collaborate with those running on-the-ground wildfire prevention programs or creating fire-related policies.
By tackling assumptions about what's happening in fire-prone communities, the WiRē group assists by gathering data and providing insights that allow wildfire education and outreach programs to do their work in ways that are informed by science. The group works with communities, wildfire councils and those managing wildfire education programs.
Learn more here about WiRē's recent work to assist the Town of Mountain Village in Colorado. And visit the WiRē website here.
The Cohesive Strategy is firmly based in sound science and strongly supports implementation efforts to achieve its three goals that are rooted in science.
Monday, January 9, 2017
The Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network is big on learning. From each other. Big on the power of continued learning from the sharing and engagement of partners, neighbors, friends and allies facing similar challenges around wildland fire. The goal? Better fire outcomes and learning to live with wildland fire. Very Cohesive Strategy.
In this video, the FAC Learning Network documents the Fire Department Exchange between departments in Boise, Idaho and Austin, Texas. Take a look.