Thursday, May 28, 2015

Senior Regional Leaders Support Cohesive Strategy

On May 12th, the WRSC Co-Chairs met with our new Senior Regional Leadership to discuss their understanding and role in the implementation of the Cohesive Strategy across the West.  As you can see in the graphic above, these folks represent diverse organizations and have the common thread of a broad span of influence and connection.  Their role is to model behaviors and attitudes that integrate the collaborative and inclusive philosophy of the Cohesive Strategy to advance Resilient Landscapes, Fire Adapted Communities and a Safe & Effective Wildfire Response. Engaging leadership at the senior levels within their organizations, across disciplines, is critical to the west-wide implementation of the Cohesive Strategy. 

Nora Rasure, Regional Forester for the US Forest Service Intermountain Region, summed up her ongoing role as a leader in the West:
1. Operate in a regional, west-wide scale with a diverse set of interests, including new partners at the table;

2. Operate within her own networks to further engage with peers for connections, to connect the dots with everyone, and advocate models with peers; and

3. Operate within in her own regional forester network - acting and thinking about how the Cohesive Strategy plays out in those areas. Expand the thinking to include the value of the assets and relationships moving forward. Think bigger and show intentional leadership, engage dialogue, and engage partners.

Kevin Donham with the National Wildfire Suppression Association (representing over 10,000 private firefighters) added that private industry has long enjoyed ground-level relationships while working in communities across the west and also brings a connection to local elected officials. 

FEMA Region X Director, Ken Murphy said FEMA is typically involved more in the response and recovery side of emergencies.  He expressed his excitement about a closer relationship to the issues surrounding wildfire and looking forward to engaging more in the preparedness side of these emergencies. 
We are looking forward to working with these leaders as we continue on the path of all hands, all lands implementation!  Stay tuned for how these leaders demonstrate Cohesive Strategy implementation in their respective and combined arenas!  

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