Tuesday, February 3, 2015

DOI Implementing Cohesive Strategy through Community Assistance Grants

Recognizing that wildland fire management no longer involves just the wildland urban interface, the Department of Interior is focusing on maintaining and developing partnerships among stakeholders in Community Assistance activities as an important component of implementing the Cohesive Strategy.  Community Assistance grants will emphasize collaboration among tribes, state and local governments, and communities in wildland fire management.

Thinning project and biomass utilization around High Desert Museum in Bend, OR
Source: Project Wildfire

In a recent policy memo, DOI outlines implementation of the Cohesive Strategy in the Community Assistance program.  

Objectives now include: 

  • Collaborative activities that meet the goals of the Cohesive Strategy; 
  • Enhancing capacity to mitigate, prevent and respond to DOI fires; 
  • Activities identified in Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs); 
  • Activities that include multiple partnerships; and
  • Leveraging of funds. 

Utilizing an "all lands, all hands" approach, the Department of Interior can focus on bureau missions while working to support tribal, state and local government, and shared missions realized in the three goals of the Cohesive Strategy.   

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