Friday, March 23, 2018

Trans-boundary Wildfire Risk Assessment in Arizona Can Help Determine How Stakeholders Co-Manage Risk

Through a partnership with Arizona Landscape Restoration Partnership, principal investigator Alan Agar and his team have released a case study on trans-boundary wildfire risk that offers a number of newer concepts and methods related to trans-boundary risk governance for the state of Arizona. The methods and results can be used to better define the scale of risk and develop "all-lands" strategies to address drivers that perpetuate wildfire problems. These concepts fit squarely within the context of the Cohesive Strategy.

Risk governance concepts were originally stimulated by trans-boundary risk issues such as floods, pollution, environmental hazards and disease but only recently have been discussed in the context of wildfires. The Arizona case study describes newer risk assessment concepts based on the principle that trans-boundary risk has a spatial and functional scale that is determined by a host of social, institutional, biophysical and ecological factors. Investigators mapped the spatial structure of wildfire risk to Arizona's communities in terms of the amount  of contributing land tenures and then discuss the implications for managing wildfire risk. The results illustrate how this type of risk assessment can facilitate managing wildfire risk at a multi-jurisdictional scale and facilitate dialogues between federal, state and private land management organizations and the communities they impact. 

We are looking forward to learning how Arizona stakeholders utilize this information and additional studies within these concepts across the West. 

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