Managing the unexpected in prescribed fire use operations: a workshop on the high reliability organization
Document Type: Book
Editor(s): Paul Keller
Publication Year: 2004

Cataloging Information

  • droughts
  • fire management
  • fire suppression
  • high reliability organization
  • immunity to change
  • insects
  • learning organization
  • Mexico
  • Michigan
  • mindfulness
  • New Mexico
  • plant diseases
  • population density
  • prescribed fire and fire use
  • sensemaking
  • staff ride
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • wildfires
  • wildlife
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Record Last Modified: September 4, 2020
FRAMES Record Number: 45846
Tall Timbers Record Number: 21450
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: A13.88:RMRS-137
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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Fire management, and forest and rangeland fuels management, over the past century have altered the wildland fire situation dramatically, thus also altering the institutional approach to how to deal with the changing landscape. Also, climate change, extended drought, increased insect and disease outbreaks, and invasions of exotic plant species have added complications to fire management on public and private lands. In an effort at a national campaign to deal with the overall issue of fire management, eight Federal and nongovernmental organizations met in Santa Fe, NM, for 4 days in May 2004 to explore cooperative efforts and alternative options. The "Managing the Unexpected Workshop" goal was to explore and possibly adopt the concepts of the "High Reliability Organization" to managing for unexpected fire events and plan for fire uses. This publication includes presentation material, discussion points, alternatives explored, and planning efforts.

Online Link(s):
Keller, P., K. R. Weick, K. Sutcliffe, J. Saveland, L. Lahey, D. Thomas, and P. Nasiatka. 2004. Managing the unexpected in prescribed fire use operations: a workshop on the high reliability organization. General Technical Report RMRS-GTR-137. Fort Collins, CO, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.