Island Park Sustainable Fire Community, Island Park, ID
August 26-28, 2014
By Wendy Fulks, The Nature Conservancy, email@example.com
The Island Park Sustainable Fire Community is a FAC Learning Network hub that works in an
area extending from Island Park, just north of Ashton, Idaho, into West Yellowstone, Montana. Island Park is also a Western
Cohesive Strategy pilot project. Targhee National Forest land surrounds
much of the town of Island Park and its unincorporated neighborhoods. Few
homeowners live in Island Park year-round, and many only visit their homes for
a handful of weekends each summer.
On the first day, the group visited the Yale Creek, Palmer Summer Homes and Stonegate neighborhoods, where landowners have created defensible space in the home ignition zone. The collaborative provided funding for four of these demonstration sites in 2014, and each treated property has a sign indicating that it is a “Sustainable Fire Property.” In addition, the collaborative hired two outreach coordinators to go door-to-door in the Yale Creek and Stonegate neighborhoods and have conversations with homeowners about wildfire risk. Their interviews indicate that the sustainable fire property signs are getting noticed and that neighbors are talking with one another about fire. Although there are some residents who oppose tree removal, many others are interested in mitigation.
Signs are raising awareness about the Island Park collaborative and
the need to create defensible space around homes.
Photo: Guy Duffner