Wednesday, September 9, 2015

WRSC Partners Provide Testimony at Senate Field Hearing

Experts gathered in Seattle on August 27th to testify at the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Hearing on the topic of Opportunities to Improve the Organizational Response of the Federal Agencies in the Management of Wildland Fires.  Tom Zimmerman, President of the International Association of Wildland Fire and a member of WRSC's Senior Regional Leadership; and Nick Goulette, Director for the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network and WRSC partner both testified at the meeting.  

Nick offered the valuable perspective of the benefit of building capacity in our communities and suggested that a modest federal investment in community capacity building, coupled with increasing investments in cooperative planning and active mitigation and restoration, will yield outcomes that only build more fire adapted communities and landscape resilience, but also facilitate safer, more efficient and effective wildfire response. 

Tom discussed a variety of national fire policy impacts to wildland fire management and suggested that we are well positioned for moving ahead to address the challenges before us.  Noting that the current fire policy is the most comprehensive and applicable policy fire management has ever had, he outlined the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy and the 2014 Quadrennial Fire Review as the framing path forward for program needs and describing this transformative time in fire environment evolution.  Read more about the Committee Hearing and their testimonies here as well as a summary article here 

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