Tuesday, August 4, 2015

WFLC Meets in Ashland for Local Cohesive Strategy Perspective and National Focus Areas

Ashland Mayor John Stromberg shares lessons learned from the local Cohesive Strategy efforts. Photo: Kate Lighthall
The Wildland Fire Leadership Council met in Ashland, Oregon last week to visit Cohesive Strategy implementation successes and hear from local collaborative partners about what it takes for success to occur. On day two of the visit, WFLC members discussed focus areas for national action over the next 18 months including:
  • Promoting cross boundary collaboratives; 
  • Working on smoke and air quality issues; 
  • Addressing environmental compliance issues;  
  • Engaging communities in Cohesive Strategy behaviors; and
  • Developing and implementing a robust communications strategy to support the identified objectives.
The Wildland Fire Leadership Council (Council) is an intergovernmental committee of Federal, state, tribal, county, and municipal government officials convened by the Secretaries of the Interior, Agriculture, and Homeland Security dedicated to consistent implementation of wildland fire policies, goals, and management activities. The Council provides strategic oversight for the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy.  

USDA Under Secretary Robert Bonnie and Department of the Interior Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Kris Sarri were both were in attendance to hear directly from local collaborative members about their experiences.  

See local news coverage here

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