The Desk Guide to Accelerating Implementation of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy (46.9 Mb PDF file) is now available from the National Association of Conservation Districts. If you are interested in, or concerned about, wildland fire, this guide makes a strong case for utilizing a cohesive coalition to implement critical strategic actions.

From NACD President Michael Crowder:

America’s conservation districts have a long, successful history of iimproving America’s lands and waters for future generations. For more than 75 years, conservation districts have provided technical assistance and other resources to help farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners implement meaningful conservation practices on their land. Since 2002, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) has been working in partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Forest Service to implement the National Fire Plan and other efforts to help reduce hazardous fuels and mitigate wildfires.

Over the years, NACD has published several booklets highlighting the important role conservation districts play in implementing the National Fire Plan. These publications and other efforts have helped conservation districts become more actively involved in fire prevention and rehabilitation activities in communities across the United States.

This guide is intended to help conservation districts understand the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy and provide resources to support locally-led natural resource management and disaster preparedness. Recent wildfires have devastated natural resources and communities across the country. As rising temperatures and more severe droughts continue to fuel wildfires, we believe conservation districts have the expertise and local relationships necessary to help communities mitigate and respond to them.

From the Desk Guide:

Through a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) hired Ann Walker Consulting, LLC to work with the organization’s many conservation districts and stakeholder groups to guide the development and participation of three regional, virtual wildfire summits and this desk guide to provide guidance on accelerating implementation of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy.

Leadership for the Cohesive Strategy continues to be provided by the Wildland Fire Leadership Council. Implementation, including fostering new partnerships, broadening communications, and expanding community assistance, will be promoted and coordinated by regional strategy committees and conservation districts.

This report was completed in August 2021 and can be found online at: https://www.nacdnet.org/membership-resources/nacd-reports/.

Download it from the Hub:

WACD also makes the Desk Guide available through the WACD Hub. Download it:  Desk Guide to Accelerating Implementation of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy (8 downloads)


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