Agencies collaborate in a unique pilot project
Few projects better exemplify a collaborative approach to wildfire mitigation and forest restoration than the Cohesive Wildfire Strategy, as it is unfolding in a pilot project in the Blue Mountains of northeastern Oregon. The Cohesive Strategy is an outgrowth of the Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement (FLAME) Act of 2009.
One of just three pilots nationally to implement the strategy on the ground, the Northwest project covers almost 6.5 million acres in Oregon and southeast Washington, involving multiple public, private and tribal ownerships.
Aligning multiple landowners
Much is being accomplished as the project addresses the three Cohesive Strategy goals: resilient landscapes, fire-adapted communities and efficient, effective wildfire response. A multi-stakeholder steering group has been established, and the participating agencies have developed an extensive work plan. A key component is the development of new, robust Community Wildfire Protection Plans that will use various risk-assessment tools to prioritize forest restoration work in the region.
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