Friday, November 7, 2014

It's Friday, and I'm looking back over the last couple of weeks and noticing the excitement that's building for implementing the tenets of the Cohesive Strategy across the West.  

I attended the Wildland Fire Leadership Council (WFLC) meeting in Washington, DC last week where I witnessed a refreshed level of enthusiasm about the future outlook of Cohesive Strategy.  I was pleased to hear Tom Tidwell, Chief of the US Forest Service, remark that while those of us who have been involved in the planning efforts of Cohesive Strategy are familiar with the term, it is important to remember that alignment with the principles and tenets of the Strategy is more about understanding success under the three goals through collaborative behaviors than using the term Cohesive Strategy.   I couldn't have shouted it better!  

It's TRUE.... Resilient Landscapes, Fire Adapted Communities and Safe & Effective Wildfire Response are where the rubber meets the road.  So I've asked our members and partners to think about how they are aligning themselves and their organizations with those three goals; and if they haven't already, how do they see themselves changing the culture to address those three key issues?  How are you enabling collaborative behaviors that lead to real, meaningful achievement of the three goals?

Next week we meet in Boise for some face-to-face interaction to discuss the answers and make a commitment to enabling more success across the West.  I'll let you know how it goes....

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