The federal Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission held its first in-person meeting September 14 through 15 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The 50-member commission developed a strategy to address the full suite of issues as required by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law through topical workgroups.
Workgroups are charged with exploring a topic, preparing policy recommendations for the full commission to consider, and will meet as needed for several months, parallel to the meetings of the full commission. Workgroups have staggered start and stop dates, allowing members to participate in more than one workgroup and for each workgroup to build on previous efforts.
Cross-cutting themes, including adaptation to climate change and environmental justice, will be woven throughout discussions. Workgroups will also reach out to subject matter experts as needed to help the commission explore topics and recommendations.
Recommendations for wildland fire policy changes on the topics below are welcome and should be provided between the dates provided for the workgroups to properly discuss and consider them.
- Aviation Strategy
- Cohesive Strategy
- Response Coordination
- Science, Data, and Technology
- Public Health and Infrastructure