Sponsor: Southwest Fire Science Consortium
Presenter: Jesse Abrams, University of Georgia
Recent policies including the Cohesive Strategy and the 2012 NFMA planning rule emphasize restoration of landscape resilience as a way forward for living with fire on national forestlands. But what does resilience mean, what does it take to plan for resilient landscapes, and what other factors complicate the achievement of resilient landscape outcomes? In this webinar we will present the results of a Joint Fire Science Program-funded research project based on three research elements: 1) a content analysis of Environmental Impact Statements; 2) a survey of USFS staff that have been involved in interdisciplinary planning efforts; and 3) case studies of three national forests that have recently revised their forest plans. Collectively, these studies shed light on how resilience has been operationalized within the U.S. Forest Service, what obstacles to achieving resilience have been identified, and what solutions appear to hold promise for overcoming the complexities of managing for resilience.