Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Crossing Lines to Promote Wildfire Awareness: Multi-State Wildfire Policy Initiative

Our friends at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension's Living With Fire program have long understood the importance of cross-boundary collaboration when it comes to outreach, awareness and taking action.  We often point to their creative, proactive approach to building fire adapted communities as they have been actively supporting this mission since 1997!   

Sonya Sistare, Co-Manager of the Living with Fire Program recently posted an article about one of their many successes - a coordinated, collaborative, multi-state Governors' proclamation effort to spotlight the growing problem of wildfire across the West and promote wildfire awareness.  Now in it's ninth year, the multi-state proclamation effort includes Governors' proclamations from California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Utah, South Dakota, Montana and Idaho. 

The goal of the effort is to focus on issues that all the participating states face, ultimately encouraging individual and community-level actions to mitigate wildfire risks.  The proclamations demonstrate collaboration among the states, while not going into specifics that do not apply to all of the participating states.   

For more about how you can get your state on board and see last year's full proclamation, see Sonya's full article here.  

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