The Fire Learning Network (FLN) Project Manager will be a member of the North America Fire Initiative team, which leads the North America Region’s Living with Fire priority strategy and administers the Promoting Ecosystem Resilience and Fire Adapted Communities Together Phase II: Collaborative Engagement, Collective Action and Co-ownership of Fire (PERFACT II) Cooperative Agreement between TNC, USDA Forest Service and the Department of Interior agencies. This agreement supports four national learning networks - the FLN, the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network, the Indigenous Peoples Burning Network (IPBN), and a Coaches Network to support the Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges (TREX) - as well as other training, capacity-building and targeted implementation work. These networks and strategies touch down through people and place in 30 states, including at least 26 national forests, and are led by staff from over 70 organizations.
Since 2002, our team and partners have led the way in making progress on the three interconnected goals now embodied in the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy. From coast to coast, we support site-based practitioners, scientists, traditional ecological knowledge keepers and communities who are working together to increase the capacity and social capital needed to make ecosystems and communities more resilient to wildfire. Our work creates conditions for local people to be empowered and navigate their own pathway toward a better relationship with fire, while we connect them with other people, programs, tools and ideas that they can adapt and use to tackle their challenges. We learn from their work—carrying their lessons to other people and places to advance change at larger scales. Our portfolio is implemented in partnership with staff from the Watershed Research and Training Center, the University of California Cooperative Extension, the Conservancy’s Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Team and the USDA Forest Service’s Landscapes and Partnerships Program.