National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy: Phase III Western Regional Science-Based Risk Analysis Report: Final Report of the Western Regional Strategy Committee, November 2012   [open pdf - 12MB]

"'The National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy: Phase III Western Regional Science-Based Risk Analysis Report' (Western Regional Risk Report) has been developed by representatives of federal, state, local, and tribal governments, interested governmental and non governmental organizations, businesses and industries to comprehensively address issues relating to wildland fire in the West. The Western Regional Strategy Committee (WRSC) was developed to provide inclusiveness and transparency to stakeholders in the process of addressing the wildland fire challenge, while focusing on the three goals of the Cohesive Strategy: Restoring and maintaining resilient landscapes, Creating fire adapted communities, and Responding to wildfires. Stakeholder input has been instrumental in forming the risk analysis and alternatives to address the wildland fire management issues in the 17 Western states. The Western landscape is diverse and reaches from the plains states of Kansas and Nebraska to Hawaii, Alaska and the western pacific islands such as Guam and American Samoa. This diverse landscape creates strengths and weaknesses. One identified weakness concerns availability of data across all lands. A need for data from our island partners and Alaska has been identified, and the Western region will work to address this need in the future. The Western Region contains a vast amount of land administered by federal agencies, which creates opportunities and challenges. The West has significant wildland fire risks from overstocked fuel conditions, insects and disease, invasive species, and urban development in wildland urban interface areas (WUI). Restoring landscapes to a healthy, resilient state would generate important environmental and social benefits, create much-needed jobs and revenue for rural economies, and lead to tremendous cost savings in wildfire suppression efforts."

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