Community wildfire protection planning: the importance of framing, scale, and building sustainable capacity
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Daniel R. Williams; Pamela J. Jakes; Sam Burns; Antony S. Cheng; Kristen C. Nelson; Victoria E. Sturtevant; Rachel F. Brummel; Emily Staychock; Stephanie G. Souter
Publication Year: 2012

Cataloging Information

  • coniferous forests
  • fire hazard reduction
  • fire management
  • fire management planning
  • fire protection
  • flatwoods
  • forest management
  • HFRA - Healthy Forest Restoration Act
  • national forests
  • pine hardwood forests
  • private lands
  • wildfire planning
  • wildfires
  • wildland fire
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Tall Timbers Record Number: 28125
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Journals - J
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Community wildfire protection planning has become an important tool for engaging wildland-urban interface residents and other stakeholders in efforts to address their mutual concerns about wildland fire management, prioritize hazardous fuel reduction projects, and improve forest health. Drawing from 13 case studies from across the United States, this article describes best management practices (BMP) that emerged from the data for facilitating the development of Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs) and ensuring that planning leads to action on the ground. Three BMPs are emphasized: (1) paying attention to problem framing, (2) choosing a scale where participants can make things happen, and (3) taking steps to facilitate implementation and ensure long-term success. These BMPs were found to hold true despite considerable diversity across the cases.

Online Link(s):
Williams, Daniel R.; Jakes, Pamela J.; Burns, Sam; Cheng, Antony S.; Nelson, Kristen C.; Sturtevant, Victoria; Brummel, Rachel F.; Staychock, Emily; Souter, Stephanie G. 2012. Community wildfire protection planning: the importance of framing, scale, and building sustainable capacity. Journal of Forestry 110(8):415-420.