This collection contains research syntheses, applications, and tools to assist managers in collaborative efforts with communities, stakeholders, and other agencies especially on wildland urban interface and landscape-scale fire management.
Benefits of Collaboration - Fact Sheet (PDF)
Describes why fire planners and managers will want to engage in community collaboration.
Bureau of Land Management 2007 Collaboration Desk Guide (PDF)
"This BLM 2007 Collaboration Desk Guide contains recommendations gleaned from a wide variety of experiences in working collaboratively with communities. The guide represents a comprehensive collection of principles, guidelines, outcomes, and practices detailing how to engage the public in the collaborative process. This guide contains field-tested, real-life examples and is written in plain language. While the guide is especially important for managers and employees embarking upon a major planning effort, it will also be helpful for all of our employees who work with the public. Cooperative conservation is critical beyond land use planning. Our goal is to make cooperative conservation our "normal" way of doing business." (Director, BLM Information Bulletin No. 2007-017)
Challenges to Collaboration - Fact Sheet (PDF)
"Bringing the right people into a collaborative process can be difficult. Potential collaborators must all feel they have something to gain to justify investing resources, sharing knowledge, and perhaps compromising on goals and actions." (The authors) Explains the principle problems fire planners and managers may face when initiating collaboration efforts.
Collaboration - A Synthesis of Research (PDF)
"In this synthesis of research on collaboration, we offer knowledge and tools to improve collaboration in the field - at the level where wildland fire and fuels management projects are planned and implemented. However, collaboration is not an activity that fits neatly into any one stage of the NEPA process or chapter in a NEPA document; rather, it is an ongoing process that is most effective when maintained at every stage of both program and project planning. Collaboration during program planning helps ensure dialogue that can support and improve various NEPA activities such as scoping, defining desired future conditions, identifying purpose and need, developing and evaluating alternatives, and monitoring." (The authors)
Collaboration Capacity, Problem Framing and Mutual Trust Annotated Reading List (PDF)
"We annotated articles related to three topic areas or factors, which are critical for understanding collective action, particularly in the wildland-urban interface. These factors are collaborative capacity, problem framing, and mutual trust. The integration of these is a prerequisite of collective action to develop Community Wildfire Protection Plans, reduce vegetative fuels, enhance public safety and preparedness, and/or create defensible space." (The authors)
Compliance with Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (PDF)
Provides guidance for working with community groups within the constraints of FACA. "FACA regulates Federal agency establishment or utilization of a group to obtain consensual advice or recommendations. FACA defines when such a group can be considered an advisory committee and the process necessary for its formation and proper functioning. 'Utilizing' a group is not defined in the ordinary way but means "managing" or "controlling" the group." The authors)
Keys to Successful Collaboration Fact Sheet (PDF)
Provides tips on how to engage in successful community collaboration. Includes a brief discussion of each tip.
Partnership and Collaboration Training
"This suite of training modules has been created to inspire you and demonstrate the power of working in collaboration and partnership to achieve our agency's mission. More specifically, the purpose of this training is to help you overcome the hurdles to collaboration and partnership activities and adopt effective strategies to achieve better outcomes for the people we serve and the land we care for." (The authors)
Partnership Resource Center
"We provide the online resources you need to build vibrant partnerships and effective collaboration for the nation's forests, grasslands, and other special places. Our website is a joint project of the National Forest Foundation and the US Forest Service." (The authors)
Principles of Community Engagement
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public, Health Practice Program Office, Atlanta, GA 1997
"Principles of Community Engagement" provides public health professionals and community leaders with a science base and practical guidelines for engaging the public in community decision-making and action for health promotion, health protection, and disease prevention. The material provided here can help public health professionals and community leaders improve communication, promote common understanding, and strengthen coordination, collaboration, and partnership efforts among themselves and community members and institutions. This book is also designed to help CDC programs and their partners guide community involvement in activities that affect or change health-related behaviors, including needs and asset assessment, planning, resource allocation, advocacy, outreach, program development, implementation, and evaluation." Just as useful for engaging communities in wildland fire protection and ecosystem management.
US Environmental Protection Agency
This website contains basic information, tools, and links to training opportunities in community collaboration and public participation. It is a rich source of information on community engagement as practiced by the Environmental Protection Agency. Most of the contents are relevant to fire planning and management.
Public Participation in Resource Planning - Fact Sheet (PDF)
A brief guide to working with communities on watershed planning by the Natural Resource Conservation Service. Guides apply to fire and hazardous fuels planning efforts that involve communities and other stakeholders.
Stages of Collaboration - Fact Sheet (PDF)
"Collaboration is a powerful tool for improving both the management of wildland fire and the overall health of forests and other elements of fire-dependent ecosystems. But collaboration is not a one-time effort. It is an ongoing process that is most effective when maintained throughout program and project planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. How can you expect the collaborative process to unfold? The following seven stages are typical of most collaborations." (The authors)