In terms of community resiliency, county commissioners are in the unique position to convene conversations between residents, stakeholders, landowners and land managers BEFORE fires occur to reduce the impacts, and improve response and recovery of communities. County Commissioners are generally regarded as trusted and respected leaders. They can assume a natural leadership role in generating dialogue and agreement between all stakeholders about how they can work better together to understand risk, reduce risk on the landscape and understand the roles and responsibilities of every stakeholder. Equally important is the role County Commissioners can play in leading discussions about risk management during wildland fires.
The takeaway message and opportunity is this: Success involves Counties' collaborative involvement BEFORE a fire to build new and enhance existing relationships with private and public land managers to achieve on-the-ground changes that improve forest health, create fire adapted communities and improve safety and efficiency of wildfire response.