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Fire Chasers Present at 5th Annual National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Workshop

The 5th Annual National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Workshop will be held November 14-18, 2022 in Asheville, NC.

Event #1: Current Trends in the US Wildland Fire Management System – Is it Keeping Pace?

Monday, November 14, 10:45am – 12:15pm

The wildland fire management system needs are complex involving response, mitigation, fuels management, prevention, post-fire impacts and recovery, community adaptation to address fuel types, communities, organizations, missions, policies, land, community and resource values, social and equity concerns, and costs.  The current system includes a sophisticated, coordinated structure for wildfire response, but there is no similar system in place to address the collective needs of all these issues.  This unique session will provide the audience with a “fly-on-the-wall” observational opportunity to witness a conversation among national-level leaders around this topic.  There will be opportunities for audience involvement, feedback and brainstorming solutions.

Event #2: What to Expect from the Unexpected: Lessons learned from the Mack Lake fires and similarities to other large unprecedented fires

Monday, November 14, 2:45pm – 4:15pm

Steve Goldman will begin with Mack Lake fires and address what to expect from the unexpected and Branda Nowell will finish the session with her research paper “Public Management in an Era of the Unprecedented: Dominant Institutional Logics as a Barrier to Organizational Sensemaking” bringing together the similarities of these fires.

Event #3: Increasing the Use of Prescribed Fire – Overcoming the Barriers

Tuesday, November 15, 1:10pm – 2:30pm

Increasing the Use of Prescribed Fire – Overcoming the Barriers

  1.  Legislating the Right to Burn
  2. RX Fire State & Legislative Successes Leading to Increased Use of Prescribed Fire 
  3. Barriers and Challenges 

Event #4: A Workforce for Landscape Resiliency and Community Protection

By Dr. Toddi Steelman, Duke University

Tuesday, November 16, 4:00pm – 4:45pm

Workforce issues are not isolated to the response environment.  There are year-round needs at the local, state, tribal and federal levels for resiliency work across landscapes and mitigation work around high value assets and communities.  Speakers will share experiences, challenges and solutions for utilizing a robust workforce to meet the year-round needs for landscape resiliency and community protection.

Event #5: Workforce Capacity – Expanding the Workforce to Meet Year-Round Needs

Thursday, November 17, 12:50pm – 2:20pm

Over the last decade, a variety of workforce challenges have surfaced in the wildland fire response environment from the universal lack of capacity to the health and well-being of fire responders. Panelists will discuss the breadth of these issues and the proposed policy recommendations and actions that can be taken to address the current and future needs of a year-round response workforce. 

Event #6: Bold Actions – What is the Wildland Fire Leadership Council and its Membership Going to Do Now?

Thursday, November 17, 4:00pm – 4:45pm