Western Klamath Restoration Partnership: a plan for restoring fire adapted landscapes
Document Type: Report
Author(s): Will Harling; Bill Tripp
Publication Year: 2014

Cataloging Information

  • collaborative planning
  • fire management
  • fire-adapted ecosystems
  • Western Klamath Mountains
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Record Last Modified: November 12, 2015
FRAMES Record Number: 17767


This planning effort explores a path toward collaborative fire management in the Western Klamath landscape. It arose from a desire by the Karuk Tribe, the Mid Klamath Watershed Council, the US Forest Service, area Fire Safe Councils, environmental groups and other community-based stakeholders to explore what fire management could be like using a collaborative paradigm. We utilized a two-pronged approach to shape the planning effort: GIS-based fire modeling, and an open and interactive planning process. Each prong engaged multiple stakeholders and multiple ecological and social values. Cash and in-kind funding for the effort included multiple local, regional and national sources. Ultimately the combination of approaches led the group to envision three integrated fire management projects that occur at the landscape-scale. A hallmark of this effort was the intensive participation by individuals and organizations with diverse and sometimes conflicting perspectives about how to shape fire management. Many feel the pain of a long history of unsatisfactory wildfire events, mistrust and failed attempts to work together. The primary outcome of the Western Klamath Restoration Partnership (WKRP) to date is the suggestion described in this report to pursue collaborative management on three project areas within the larger planning area. These include not only locations for fuel treatments, but also a new way of designing, implementing and learning from them. While several participants came to the process with skills in ecology and land management, both contemporary and traditional (indigenous), few had expertise in developing landscape-scale management scenarios that honor the all-encompassing suite of stakeholder values and possible land management approaches. This report is our first effort to express the values identified through this process in terms of specific locations to design projects on the ground. This report is not a stand-alone project and should not be implemented outside of the collaborative effort it was developed through. Ongoing collaboration through all stages of project planning, implementation, monitoring and shared learning are key to building trust. Finally, the areas identified in this report as being a high priority for treatment may be excluded or modified due to cultural or environmental concerns that we were not aware of during the creation of this document.

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Harling, Will; Tripp, Bill. 2014. Western Klamath Restoration Partnership: a plan for restoring fire adapted landscapes. 57 p.