From the Abstract...'Over the last eight years Miami-Dade County DERM has been trying to organize and increase the use of prescribed fire. Two years ago, at the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Initiative, talk focused around pine rockland endangered species. After much discussion, the consensus was to manage the whole ecosystem, not focus on single species management. The most important item to aid pine rockland recovery is the use of prescribed and controlled fires. The U.S. F & W.S. then requested DERM to take the lead and develop a strategic fire plan. As a result of this challenge, the Miami-Dade County Wildland Fire Working Group was formed including all the agencies that work with fire. Since the group had some adversarial components, The Nature Conservancy was brought in to facilitate the process. The group pooled their resources and found that there are approximately 250,000 acres of flammable habitats including sixty pine rockland sites in Miami-Dade County. As a result, they developed the Miami-Dade County Strategic Fire Plan, which is a multi-agency planning tool. This plan addresses agency responsibility, resource allotment, smoke management, safety, liability and training. The group also discovered that strong intra-agency education (supervisors, department directors, commissioners) was needed as well as inter-agency education (cross train municipal fire departments on wildland fires, have ecologist co-write prescriptions with fire fighters, etc.).'