The Art of Story Telling: Communications Resources

“Stories with purpose don’t just materialize—they’re strategically planned, they’re creatively crafted…” –Hatch, Online tool for story crafting In graduate school, my cohort was extremely interested in science communication. We went to panels at conferences on Science Communication, researched new ways to give presentations that didn’t involve PowerPoint, and followed science communication blogs. In our program, we worked with amazing scientists doing creative work and held internships at National Estuarine Research Reserves on projects that aimed to collaboratively engage communities. A lot of these experts we worked with found that they were increasingly being asked to be better at communication, become … Continue reading

Oregon Trail: A Landscape-Scale Revegetation Project

Written By: Captain Jerry McAdams On August 25, 2008 at 1900 hours, the Boise Fire Department responded to a grass fire in southeast Boise. The incident progressed to a general alarm with all Boise Fire units and several units from other agencies involved in fire suppression activities. The end result was one civilian fatality, 10 homes destroyed and 11 others heavily damaged. Since that time, the City of Boise, along with our partners, have made significant efforts to mitigate the risks that wildfire poses to the residents, infrastructure and plants and wildlife in this area. To date we have: Created … Continue reading

Eastern Washington Forest Health Report Represents a Big Step Forward for Forest Health, Fire Adapted Communities

Hundreds of homes burned in Washington in 2014. The 256,108-acre Carlton Complex fire was the largest recorded in state history. So it’s timely that the “Eastern Washington Forest Health: Hazards, Accomplishments and Restoration Strategy” report prepared last month by the state Department of Natural Resources proposes a variety of progressive approaches and funding mechanisms to help address fire, forest health and community safety issues. According to the report, “climate change is expected to exacerbate forest health and wildfire damage over the coming decades. Projections for the Northwest indicate that the area burned each year could increase more than 300 percent by … Continue reading

Advice for FAC Practitioners from Firewise Networking Day in Oregon

Project Wildfire recently hosted a Firewise Networking day aimed at connecting FAC practitioners in Central Oregon. This was the first meeting of its kind for the area, aimed at building the local network and creating a place for peer exchange. While this event was focused specifically on Firewise program participants, a similar meeting design could be applied to a broader FAC event in your community. Project Wildfire and their partners designed the meeting around a series of guiding questions that allowed participants to share successes and challenges, and built relationships and trust among their community. Check out some of the … Continue reading

“A Future with Fire” conference held in Sacramento

Nearly 200 people gathered in Sacramento earlier this week to talk about Californians’ relationship to fire. The two-day conference focused on increasing the pace and scale of fire-based treatments in California, including both landscape-scale prescribed fire and managed wildfire. It was hosted by the Northern California and Southern Sierra Prescribed Fire Councils, and was sponsored by a broad range of agencies, organizations and businesses. The event was designed to: Provide a scientific framework and foundation for discussing and acting on the issues Identify major limiting factors and opportunities on local, state, and national levels Build agreement on the need for … Continue reading

Why Did Stakeholders in Austin Develop a CWPP? Belief.

Written By: Justice Jones, Fire Adapted Communities Coordinator The City of Austin and Travis County recently adopted its first county-wide Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). The development of Community Wildfire Protection Plans might seem like old news to those who have been working in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) over the last decade. This is especially true in areas of the country where federal lands dominate the landscape and associated funding spurs development and implementation of CWPPs. This isn’t the case everywhere, however, and CWPPs are still novel to many communities at risk. Communities outside of the federal WUI model of … Continue reading

City of Santa Fe Holds Evacuation Drill

Written by: Greg Strick Introduction and Considerations by Michelle Medley-Daniel. Most of us have participated in an elementary school fire drill or emergency bus evacuation. Public schools are required to hold drills, in part because actually enacting an evacuation plan can help surface issues or important considerations that would otherwise go unnoticed in the theoretical space of “the plan.” But while drills are worthwhile, they are no easy task to pull off particularly when scaled up to service a whole community. Greg Strick of Santa Fe, NM recently shared his account of the evacuation drill conducted by the City of … Continue reading

Resilience Resources to Ramp Up your Community’s Fire Adaptation Work

I’m always on the lookout for resilience resources, and the Twitter search phrases that most consistently produce resources that I find helpful in my job are “disaster resilience” and “community resilience.” Over the past year or so, tweets have directed me to dozens of organizations, publications and programs related to improving disaster resilience in communities around the world. Below are some of my favorites. About the Torrens Resilience Institute The Torrens Resilience Institute exists “to improve the capacity of organizations and societies to respond to disruptive challenges which have the potential to overwhelm local disaster management capabilities and plans.” This … Continue reading