From the Executive Summary:
The true costs of wildfires are more than we're counting. Wildfire disasters are increasing in frequency, scale and economic damage. When considered together, these factors support a fiscal logic for funding cost-effective mitigation activities - so we may manage our wildfire-impacted landscapes before the fires become a disaster.
This short statement paper outlines an analysis of the costs associated with wildfire (more than just suppression), the consequences of not taking action and offers thoughtful and impactful actions for consideration to reduce wildfire risks.
The Cohesive Strategy is noted in the statement paper as a philosophical approach that can make real progress towards resilient landscapes, fire adapted communities and a safe, integrated wildfire response.
With a wide set of collaborating partners including Federal, State, Tribal, local agencies and nongovernmental organizations, the Cohesive Strategy emphasizes the need for stakeholders to understand their risk, accept their responsibilities and work together to tackle the problem of reducing risk to our human and natural communities.
Good food for thought. Read the full position statement here.